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Using RP to promote collaborative design of customised medical implants

Michèle Truscott (Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa)
Deon de Beer (Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa)
George Vicatos (University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)
Keith Hosking (Grootte Schuur and Vincent Palotti Hospitals, Cape Town, South Africa)
Ludrick Barnard (Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa)
Gerrie Booysen (Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa)
R. Ian Campbell (Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa and Department of Design and Technology, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)

Rapid Prototyping Journal

ISSN: 1355-2546

Article publication date: 3 April 2007

Abstract

Purpose

The last decade has seen major advances in rapid prototyping (RP), with it becoming a multi‐disciplinary technology, crossing various research fields, and connecting continents. Process and material advancements open up new applications and manufacturing (through RP) is serving non‐traditional industries. RP technology is used to support rapid product development (RPD). The purpose of this paper is to describe how the Integrated Product Development research group of the Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa is applying various CAD/CAM/RP technologies to support a medical team from the Grootte Schuur and Vincent Palotti hospitals in Cape Town, to save limbs – as a last resort at a stage where conventional medical techniques or practices may not apply any longer.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper uses action research to justify the proposal of a new method to use CAD/CAM/RP related technologies to substitute lost/damaged bone regions through the use of CT to CAD to.STL manipulation.

Findings

A case study where RP related technologies were used to support medical product development for a patient with severe injuries from a road accident is discussed.

Originality/value

The paper considers current available technologies, and discusses new advancements in direct metal freeform fabrication, and its potential to revolutionise the medical industry.

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Citation

Truscott, M., de Beer, D., Vicatos, G., Hosking, K., Barnard, L., Booysen, G. and Ian Campbell, R. (2007), "Using RP to promote collaborative design of customised medical implants", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 107-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552540710736795

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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