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Additive manufacturing of upper and lower prosthetic limbs
by Kaur, Subhpreet, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 56; 10038435
Abstract (Summary)

Touch 3D Bionics is a start-up prostheses company that will use additive manufacturing methods to produce prosthetic limbs. The company will provide patients with affordable, sustainable, customized, and durable 3D printed robotic prosthetics. Additive manufacturing usage can offer several benefits, such as personalized and modified medical devices and products, lower cost, improved throughput, and improved teamwork.

Furthermore, there are, approximately, 2 million amputees living in the United States. Therefore, the target market of the company will be state-approved hospitals all around California. The company will contract with hospitals in California and provide hospitals’ patients with more affordable options of prosthetic limbs. Engineers will use plaster impression of limbs, reverse engineer the impression to form a 3D model of the limb and, eventually, print the limb using additive manufacturing methods. Due to very small market competition, the company seeks to make significant profit from the new additive manufacturing techniques.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
Commitee: Gotz, Cindy, Shimoga, Sandhya
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Care Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mechanics, Biomedical engineering, Health care management
Keywords: Additive manufacturing, Limbs, Prosthetic, Three-dimensional printing
Publication Number: 10038435
ISBN: 978-1-339-54893-7
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