Optimized measurement, fitting, and manufacturing of leg prosthesis sockets

In this project funded by the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF), interdisciplinary collaboration was used to optimize the measurement, fitting, and production of leg prosthesis socket systems. The expertise-dependent manual work was to be transferred to a partially automated development method. Experimental measurements, modeling approaches, prosthetist expertise, and subjective assessments by individuals affected by amputations were used to objectify and quantify the fitting process. The research objective was to develop a method that ensures consistent quality in socket fitting while reducing fitting time.

Funded by: IGF project 18873 N/2 of the Forschungsvereinigung für Messtechnik, Sensorik und Medizintechnik e.V. Dresden; AiF within the framework of the program for the promotion of Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy based on a resolution of the German Bundestag.

Partners: Institute for Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering (lead) and Sports Biomechanics Research Unit (Running Laboratory Working Group) at TU Darmstadt; Fraunhofer IPA Stuttgart.

Duration: 2015 – 2018