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Process Rapidly Develops Bespoke Liners for Prosthetics


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amputee John Roberts and University of Bath researchers

Amputee volunteer John Roberts, second from left, holds a custom prosthetic liner designed and built by University of Bath researchers.

Credit: University of Bath

Researchers at the University of Bath have integrated advanced three-dimensional scanning to generate digital models for affordable and more personalized lower-limb prosthetic liners.

The technique first accurately scans an amputee's residuum then feeds the data into a digital model, which is used to design the liner. The liner is then fabricated via cryogenic machining, eliminating the need for complex, time-consuming molds. The liner is made from a soft-polymer neoprene-like material, offering greater comfort to amputees compared to conventional silicon liners.

The complete process, from scanning to fitting, takes less than 24 hours.

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