In this paper, we propose a knowledge-based approach to design lower limb prostheses; in particular, we focus on the 3D modelling of the socket, the most critical component. First, the architecture of a dedicated knowledge based engineering framework is described, detailing features of the main design steps. Then, the paper discusses the acquisition and formalization of the knowledge related both to the prosthesis manufacturing process and to the considered component. Finally, we present a computeraided module, named Socket Modelling Assistant SMA, to design the socket; it is a virtual laboratory where the socket virtual prototype is generated directly on the digital model of patient’s residual limb. It guides and supports the designer during each step in an automatic and/or semi-automatic way applying design rules and procedures. The guided modelling steps and available tools are described. Work in progress and future developments conclude the paper.

3D Modelling of Prosthesis Socket with a Knowledge Based Approach

COLOMBO, GIORGIO;
2010-01-01

Abstract

In this paper, we propose a knowledge-based approach to design lower limb prostheses; in particular, we focus on the 3D modelling of the socket, the most critical component. First, the architecture of a dedicated knowledge based engineering framework is described, detailing features of the main design steps. Then, the paper discusses the acquisition and formalization of the knowledge related both to the prosthesis manufacturing process and to the considered component. Finally, we present a computeraided module, named Socket Modelling Assistant SMA, to design the socket; it is a virtual laboratory where the socket virtual prototype is generated directly on the digital model of patient’s residual limb. It guides and supports the designer during each step in an automatic and/or semi-automatic way applying design rules and procedures. The guided modelling steps and available tools are described. Work in progress and future developments conclude the paper.
Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering
9789051550443
3D socket modelling; lower limb prosthesis; Knowledge-based design; virtual prototyping
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