Fri 10 Jul 2020

3D Scan and Printed Socket Reliability

Asad Jabbar Public Seen by 105

Hi, I want to inquire about the development of lower and upper socket for prostheses with 3d printing technology. I have seen some of the videos from NIA technologies and Vorum. Are they robsut and reliable to be used with mechanical hand and foot. Are their any successful case studies? Has anyone contacted them for prostheses?
Best Regrds,
Asad Jabbar


Bob Rieger Fri 10 Jul 2020

Hello Asad

I'm afraid I don't have any information to reliably answer your question. I recommend you join our e-NABLE Hub at hub.e-nable.org ( http://hub.e-nable.org ), and post your question in the forum for many other members to view and hopefully respond.



Fricis Pirtnieks Tue 2 Mar

as Certified Prosthetist I prefer such method.

It's much more work and that's what modern clinicians at prosthetic clinics does.

For most most cases is more successful, in comparison to Velcro-Closure system as it's cleaner look and while fitting pressure zones have been adjusted for comfort. It might take 2-5 fittings for perfect fit without red skin marks from long time use.

PLA or PETG will work for test sockets, but for definitive socket use I would recommend printing in industrial nylon(PA12/PA12) or laminate carbon or glass-fibers around the test socket to prevent risks of breaking layers.