Research Papers/Topics in Prosthesis And Orthopaedic Technology

Economic Potential for Distributed Manufacturing of Adaptive Aids for Arthritis Patients in the U.S

By 2040, more than a quarter of the U.S. population will have diagnosed arthritic conditions. Adults with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions earn less than average yet have medical care expenditures that are over 12% of average household income. Adaptive aids can help arthritis patients continue to maintain independence and quality of life; however, their high costs limit accessibility for older people and the poor. One method used for consumer price reduction is distributed manufacturi...

Open-Source Three-Dimensional Printable Infant Clubfoot Brace

Introduction Open-source, self-replicating rapid prototypers (RepRaps) have radically reduced the costs of three-dimensional (3D) printing while expanding its access. Three-dimensional printing's model of distributed manufacturing can produce medical technologies at significantly reduced costs. We investigate this potential by evaluating the viability of an open-source 3D printable infant clubfoot brace.Materials and Methods Starting with a list of key features present in currently available ...