3D Printing Making Orthotic and Prosthetic Patient Care More Efficient and Customized

Date of Award

Summer 7-5-2023

Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics



First Advisor

Darren Wiens

Second Advisor

Lana Huberty


The utilization of 3D printing technology in the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices has revolutionized the patient care process by enhancing efficiency and customization. This paper explores how 3D printing has transformed the field of orthotics and prosthetics, allowing for a more streamlined and personalized approach to patient care. By leveraging advanced scanning techniques and computer-aided design, 3D printing enables the creation of highly accurate digital models of patients' anatomical structures. This precise customization leads to improved fit, comfort, and functionality of orthotic and prosthetic devices. The rapid prototyping capabilities of 3D printing also reduce the time required for device production, providing timely solutions for patients. Moreover, the flexibility of 3D printing materials allows for the selection of biocompatible options tailored to individual patient needs. The integration of 3D printing technology in orthotic and prosthetic patient care enhances the efficiency of the device fabrication process while ensuring personalized solutions that optimize patient outcomes.

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