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Title: The use of rapid prototyping in the design of a customised ankle brace structure for ACL injury risk reduction.
Authors: Teng, Phillip S.P.
Leong, K.F.
Kong, Pui W.
Halkon, Ben J.
Huang, P.Y.
Keywords: Anterior cruciate ligament
Rapid prototyping
Additive manufacturing
Customised ankle brace structure
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: TENG, P.S.P. ... et al, 2013. The use of rapid prototyping in the design of a customised ankle brace structure for ACL injury risk reduction. Virtual and Physical Prototyping, 8 (4), pp. 241 - 247
Abstract: Rapid prototyping, or additive manufacturing, is becoming more useful in creating functional prototypes, especially when customisation is required. This paper explores the use of three-dimensional (3D) printing in designing a customised ankle brace structure for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury risk reduction. A new process is proposed to obtain ankle flexion angles and the corresponding foot surface strain associated with high ACL injury risks through motion analysis. This data is used in the design of the customised ankle brace structure and printed using rapid prototyping. One customised ankle brace structure was printed and tested to demonstrate this proposed framework. The ankle flexion range of motion (ROM) was significantly reduced in the high-risk ankle positions with the ankle brace structure. Rapid prototyping could thus be used to design customised ankle brace structures and this is useful in reducing fabrication time and complexity of customisation. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Description: This article is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Virtual and Physical Prototyping on 11th December 2013, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17452759.2013.863533
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/17452759.2013.863533
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15891
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17452759.2013.863533
ISSN: 1745-2759
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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