For growing children, waiting three to four months for a foot prosthetic is not feasible. Their steady growth requires a constant stream of new prosthetics, creating a demand for quicker manufacturing methods. In this project we aimed to utilise 3D printers to manufacture prosthetic feet, hence cutting down on production time.
“Ensuring the users comfort and safety were the primary aims of the project.”
A wide range of materials is required to ensure the prosthetic foot fullfils these aims and delivers user satisfaction. During the project, several 3D printing techniques were examined involving different combinations of materials that can be in contact with the human body. The work was also tested with a young user who was are missing toes and parts of the foot past the ankle.