Human Frontiers Towards 3D Printable Prosthetics
Saarah Cantú ’19
Advisor: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics
In this research project, we sought to design a transtibial prosthesis - including socket, pylon, and foot components - using computer aided modeling and simulations before manufacturing the prosthesis using 3D printing. Finite element analysis was performed using ABAQUS to determine accurate stress, force, and displacement fields to aid in improving the prosthetic design prior to printing. Using finite element analysis helped reduce cost and time by eliminating inadequate design models. The design of the prosthetic integrated photogrammetry techniques with biomimicry to showcase the ease of manufacturing complex geometries with 3D printing. Using 3D printing reduced the cost of production making prosthetics more accessible to people of lower incomes and people in developing countries.