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First 3D Printed Paralympic Cycling Prosthetic to Compete in Rio

by • August 7, 2016 • No Comments


3D printed prostheses are swift becoming a additional accepted and viable adaptation, and they’re of to become competitive.


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This is Denise Schindler, a paralympian and leg amputee of Germost. She won a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She unfortunately lost the lower part of her right leg at a lower place the knee, as a child after an accident. In order to cycle, she uses a prosthetic leg specially created to work with her bicycle.


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Working with Autodesk Product Designer Paul Sohi, they are developing a prosthetic limb that is entirely 3D printed, to be utilized in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. It is said to be the initially to compete in the games.

“This is going to be the world’s initially prosthetic at the Paralympics that has been 3D printed,” says Sohi. “We’re at a stage innovation-wise to commence a paradigm shift in this industry.”

Originally, Schinler’s carbon-fibre protheses were created by hand. Relying on a man to manufacture these custom-created tools was a quite time consuming and expensive system, so it is hoped that 3D printing an alternative may work out to be less cost worthy whilst remaining reliable and useful. As well as working with Sohi on this project, the expertise and experience of Schindler’s orthopaedic technician, Thomas Wellmer, has been particularly useful throughout the project.


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“Right now things yet take place by hand and it takes a long time,” Sohi explains. “But plaster casting can become 3D scanning, socket create can become digital sculpting, carbon-fibre moulding can become 3D printing.”

Sohi utilized Autodesk Fusion 360 to adaptation the prosthetic, and a scan of her right leg was utilized to ensure the prosthetic may fit.

“Fusion 360 is an all-in-one software box, so it does adaptationling, animation and simulation,” Sohi explains. “We may quite rapidly manufacture alters and and so see how that was going to affect things like the stress on the material.”


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This project has allowed for Sohi to create the prosthetic not as a way to assist the wearer to walk or cycle. The prosthetic Schindler uses is in addition a tool, a piece of kit, that is being utilized to hopefully win a gold medal. This intended he has had to bear in mind so much additional than only ergonomic considerations. Aerodynamics in addition play a big part in enabling cyclists to have the speed to succeed, so much so that this prosthetic may have to in addition be created with aerodynamic considerations, only like Olympic bikes are too.

In Schindler’s case she’ll be bringing part in various types of various road and track actuallyts in Rio de Janeiro, yet in the long term it is hoped that the lessons learned may assist with the development of other prostheses, whilst producing them additional accessible and cost less. “Because equitething is digitally distributable, you can democratise the making and you can create prosthetics anywhere in the world,” says Sohi. “This is quite much the next of prosthetics.”

The one in question yet, has been tested and created in various types of forms, and has been printed in two parts in polycarbonate.


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Development has intended that Schindler is training with the latest adaptation of the prosthetic, yet there is yet additional development to come to improve the aerodynamics of it. “With the last adaptation we have unquestionably achieved a goal in that I can quite ride with it,” Schindler says. “I was actually training outside and on the track, so I’ve been quite surprised with what a big step we have created may already.” She is particularly passionate of opening up the world of sports to other amputees, as most feel they can no longer fulfil their future after losing part of, or a full limb. “The new innovation is excellent for me, but my big goal is quite to open up the sports world for the average amputated man,” Schindler says. “It manufactures a big difference if you have been amputated and you yet have the accident to be active, to be self confident, to enjoy life and not to donate up.”


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The good results of this project, yet, brings up a few possible issues regarding rules and what is deemed appropriate for competitions. What if a 3D printed prosthetic put an Olympian at an unfair advantage? How may rules be created for these sorts of issues? Do we may already face much like problems with equipment utilized in sports competitions? At very least at the moment, Schindler can compete with her futuristic, aerodynamic prosthetic, but who knows how things can alter as 3D printing bores additional into sports.

The video at a lower place was filmed by Dezeen at Reha-Technik Wellmer und Schmidbauer, Germost. Additional footage was taken by Senger Prager.


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