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3D-printed upper limb prostheses

TEN KATE J; SMIT G; BREEDVELD P
DISABIL REHABIL ASSIST TECHNOL , 2017, vol. 12, n° 3, p. 300-314
Doc n°: 186741
Localisation : Documentation IRR

D.O.I. : http://dx.doi.org/DOI:10.1080/17483107.2016.1253117
Descripteurs : EC15 - PROTHESE DE MEMBRE SUPERIEUR

This paper aims to provide an overview with quantitative information of
existing 3D-printed upper limb prostheses. We will identify the benefits and
drawbacks of 3D-printed devices to enable improvement of current devices based on
the demands of prostheses users. METHODS: A review was performed using Scopus,
Web of Science and websites related to 3D-printing. Quantitative information on
the mechanical and kinematic specifications and 3D-printing technology used was
extracted from the papers and websites. RESULTS:
The overview (58 devices)
provides the general specifications, the mechanical and kinematic specifications
of the devices and information regarding the 3D-printing technology used for
hands. The overview shows prostheses for all different upper limb amputation
levels with different types of control and a maximum material cost of $500.
CONCLUSION: A large range of various prostheses have been 3D-printed, of which
the majority are used by children. Evidence with respect to the user acceptance,
functionality and durability of the 3D-printed hands is lacking. Contrary to what
is often claimed, 3D-printing is not necessarily cheap, e.g., injection moulding
can be cheaper. Conversely, 3D-printing provides a promising possibility for
individualization, e.g., personalized socket, colour, shape and size, without the
need for adjusting the production machine. Implications for rehabilitation Upper
limb deficiency is a condition in which a part of the upper limb is missing as a
result of a congenital limb deficiency of as a result of an amputation. A
prosthetic hand can restore some of the functions of a missing limb and help the
user in performing activities of daily living. Using 3D-printing technology is
one of the solutions to manufacture hand prostheses. This overview provides
information about the general, mechanical and kinematic specifications of all the
devices and it provides the information about the 3D-printing technology used to print the hands.

Langue : ANGLAIS

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