Patient-specific 3D-Printed Splint for Mallet Finger Injury

Ali Zolfagharian, Timothy M Gregory, Mahdi Bodaghi, Saleh Gharaie, Pearse Fay

Article ID: 259
Vol 6, Issue 2, 2020, Pages 16-28

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Abstract


 Despite the frequency of mallet finger injuries, treatment options can often be costly, time-consuming, and ill-fitted. Three-dimensional (3D) printing allows for the production of highly customized and inexpensive splints, which suggests potential efficacy in the prescription of casts for musculoskeletal injuries. This study explores how the use of engineering concepts such as 3D printing and topology optimization (TO) can improve outcomes for patients. 3D printing enables the direct fabrication of the patient-specific complex shapes while utilizing finite element analysis and TO in the design of the splint allowed for the most efficient distribution of material to achieve mechanical requirements while reducing the amount of material used. The reduction in used material leads to significant improvements in weight reduction and heat dissipation, which would improve breathability and less sweating for the patient, greatly increasing comfort for the duration of their recovery.


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Patient-specific; 3D printing; splint; topology optimization

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