Stepping out on a limb: the design and manufacture of a 3D printed titanium prosthesis

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2017-11-10

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Keynote presentation, Conference paper presentation and prosthetic limb demonstration, RAPDASA Additive Manufacturing in Industry Conference, South Africa. November 2017 Dr Lionel T Dean was invited to make a keynote presentation at the 19th RAPDASA Additive Manufacturing in Industry Conference, Durban South Africa. November 2017. I addition to the keynote Dean was invited to present the results of a collaborative project to create a 3D printed lower limb for an amputee in South Africa. This involved a further conference paper presentation

Collaborative project with University of The Free State, South Africa, Netcare rehabilitation Hospital Johannesburg, South Africa and Altair Software Corporation And a runway demonstration by the amputee herself. Keynote speech title:- 3D Printing: gateway to virtuality’s creative playground Conference Paper abstract:- Stepping out on a limb: the design and manufacture of a 3d printed titanium prosthesis This paper highlights the potential of direct metal 3d printing in the design of prosthetic devices through a live project case study. The project has two thrusts, technical (what we can achieve with digital design and manufacturing technology) and social (customisation to create something desirable and personal). Technically the paper considers a three-way balance between structural optimisation, additive manufacturing criteria and aesthetic vision. From a social perspective the paper describes a custom response tailored to an individual’s needs and personal taste: a couture device for special occasions that gives the wearer social confidence.

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3D printing, prosthetics, Additive Manufacture

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Dean, L.T., Els, J. and Minnaar, N. (2017) Stepping out on a limb: the design and manufacture of a 3D printed titanium prosthesis. [Keynote presentation, Conference paper presentation and prosthetic limb demonstration]. Proceedings of the 18 annual RAPDASA Additive Manufacturing in Industry Conference, Durban, South Africa, November 2017.

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Institute of Art and Design