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08-11-2019 | Review Article | Issue 2/2020 Open Access

Progress in Additive Manufacturing 2/2020

A review on the use of additive manufacturing to produce lower limb orthoses

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Progress in Additive Manufacturing > Issue 2/2020
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Mohammed S. Alqahtani, Abdulsalam Al-Tamimi, Henrique Almeida, Glen Cooper, Paulo Bartolo
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Abstract

Orthoses (exoskeletons and fracture fixation devices) enhance users’ ability to function and improve their quality of life by supporting alignment correction, restoring mobility, providing protection, immobilisation and stabilisation. Ideally, these devices should be personalised to each patient to improve comfort and performance. Production costs have been one of the main constraints for the production of personalised orthoses. However, customisation and personalisation of orthoses are now possible through the use of additive manufacturing. This paper presents the current state of the art of additive manufacturing for the fabrication of orthoses, providing several examples, and discusses key research challenges to be addressed to further develop this field.
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