Bench testing of additive manufactured orthopedic devices: case study on Ankle Foot Orthosis and transtibial socket – Presented by Luiza Muraru, Researcher, Mobilab, Thomas More University College, Belgium, & Tom Saey, Researcher, Mobilab, Thomas More University College, Belgium, at the 3D Medtech Printing Conference, which takes place on Feb 01 2017 at MECC Maastricht in The Netherlands.
Different examples show that additive manufacturing proved to be a feasible technology for fabrication of different (customized) orthopedic devices. However, to ensure the required mechanical strength needed to provide patients necessary functional properties of the printed devices, mechanical testing of such devices is an important step prior to clinical testing and implementation. Results from bench testing of a printed AFO in a static and dynamic test rig as well as from bench testing of a printed transtibial socket in a robotic gait simulator will be presented.
About Luiza Muraru, PhD
Luiza Muraru works as a researcher at Mobilab, Thomas More University College. Research projects in which she is active are related to Rehabilitation Engineering, Orthopedic technology, Additive manufacturing for orthotic and prosthetic appliances.
About Tom Saey
Tom Saey has a bachelor in orthopedics and industrial electromechanical engineering with biomedical engineering option and is a researcher at Mobilab, Thomas More University College.
About Mobilab @ Thomas More Kempen
Mobilab is a multidisciplinary research laboratory at Thomas More University College that conducts human centered, innovative applied research and delivers services in the field of heath and technology.