Double-wall, transtibial prosthetic socket fabricated using selective laser sintering: A case study

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Abstract

The primary goal of this study was to test the feasibility of using selective laser sintering (SLS) to fabricate a functional transtibial prosthetic socket. Prosthetic socket computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacturing techniques were combined with SLS technology to produce a sophisticated, monolithic, transtibial prosthetic socket. The socket combined a rigid outer shell with a variably compliant inner shell and incorporated a fitting for a pylon directly into it. The socket was manufactured for a 65-year-old transtibial amputee using a socket shape identical to his current definitive socket. A prosthesis was then assembled using the same foot as the subject's definitive prosthesis. A comparison of socket performance suggested improved comfort, greater step symmetry, and similar lower extremity joint function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-103
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Prosthetics and Orthotics
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

Keywords

  • Amputees
  • Computer-assisted design
  • Prosthetic socket
  • Solid freeform fabrication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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