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Pilot study of the wrist orthosis design process

David Palousek (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic)
Jiri Rosicky (Faculty of Health Studies, University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic)
Daniel Koutny (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic)
Pavel Stoklásek (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic)
Tomas Navrat (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic)

Rapid Prototyping Journal

ISSN: 1355-2546

Article publication date: 14 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe a manufacturing methodology for a wrist orthosis. The case study aims to offer new approaches in the area of human orthoses.

Design/methodology/approach

The article describes the utilization of rapid prototyping (RP), passive stereo photogrammetry and software tools for the orthosis design process. This study shows the key points of the design and manufacturing methodology. The approach uses specific technologies, such as 3D digitizing, reverse engineering and polygonal-surface software, FDM RP and 3D printing.

Findings

The results show that the used technologies reflect the patient's requirements and also they could be an alternative solution to the standard method of orthosis design.

Research limitations/implications

The methodology provides a good position for further development issues.

Practical implications

The methodology could be usable for clinical practice and allows the manufacturing of the perfect orthosis of the upper limb. The usage of this methodology depends on the RP system and type of material.

Originality/value

The article describes a particular topical problem and it is following previous publications in the field of human orthoses. The paper presents the methodology of wrist orthosis design and manufacturing. The paper presents an alternative approach applicable in clinical practice.

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Acknowledgements

The work described in this paper was completed in cooperation with the orthotic-prosthetic facility ING Corporation, s.r.o. in Frydek-Mistek and the Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Ostrava and the Institute of Machine and Industrial Design Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology. The present work has been supported by European Regional Development Fund in the framework of the research project NETME Centre under the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation – NETME Centre, ED0002/01/01, CZ. 1.05/2.1.00/01.0002. All the authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Citation

Palousek, D., Rosicky, J., Koutny, D., Stoklásek, P. and Navrat, T. (2014), "Pilot study of the wrist orthosis design process", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 27-32. https://doi.org/10.1108/RPJ-03-2012-0027

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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