Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine
Vol 1 No 1 (2019): Trans. AMMM
https://doi.org/10.18416/AMMM.2019.1909S03P01

Imaging and Modelling in 3D Printing

Modeling of a functional brace using the finite element method

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Mohammed Alqahtani (School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK and Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Abdalla Omar (School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK), Glen Cooper (School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK), Paulo Bartolo (School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)

Abstract

Ilizarov systems are required to treat critical bone defects. However, they are not customized to the patient present significant risk of infection and induces pain and discomfort. This paper presents a novel customizable functional brace overcoming the main limitations of the Ilizarov system. This brace is being designed, together with clinicians, to be produced using additive manufacturing (AM). This paper presents preliminary design concept assessed using Finite Element Analysis (FEA), considering different impact loading conditions and different materials.

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