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Mechanical Engineering in Prosthetics

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Jamie Carson

on 11 July 2013

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Transcript of Mechanical Engineering in Prosthetics

Mechanical Engineering in Prosthesis Technology
Myoelectric is one of the most recently used type of prosthesis introduced in 2007.

The iLimb process:
Young Patrick Kane was one of the youngest person fitted for a prosthetic in 2010. Till recently in early 2013 the 16 year old is able to control his prosthesis using his iPhone 5. ( leg and hand)
Mechanical Engineering in Advancing
Prostheses Technology
Prosthetics Used Today
Old vs New
In the past when choosing a prosthesis you had very few options of the materials .
wood in past
Carbon fiber for a life like material
Thermoplastic sockets for comfort and fitted throughout a lifetime due to shrinkage of the
Titanium for extra durability.
Blue tooth technology
Microprocessor Knees introduced in the 1990s

History of Prosthetic Limbs
How the iLimbWorks
Prosthesis in Engineering
Cutting-Edge Technology
Cutting Edge Technology
Earliest prosthesis found dates between 950 and 600 BCE in Cairo, Egypt.
16th century French military doctor, Ambroise Paré, invented a hinged, mechanical hand and a leg with specialized attachment harnesses and locking knee joints.
In 1690, a Dutch surgeon, Pieter Verduyn, developed a lower leg with specialized hinges and a leather cuff for better attachment.
The advancements by these two doctors are still commonly used today.
In 1840, advances in medicine allowed for more successful amputation surgeries. This also allowed for surgeons to prepare the risidual limb for a better fit for a prosthetic.

In 1840, advances in medicine allowed for more successful amputation surgeries. This allowed for surgeons to prepare the residual for a better fit for a prosthetic. After that, the field of prosthetics advanced in joint technology and suction-based attachment methods.
In 1945, The National Academy of Sciences established the Artificial Limb Program in response to the influx of World War II veteran amputees.
Early Advancements
Robotic Prosthesis- Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMF)
Jesse Sullivan and Claudia Mitchel
Claudia Mitchel
Another Man with TMR
Robotic Prosthesis-Brain Controlled Interface
Neuroscientists are currently in the infant stages of interpreting brain signals for use with prosthetics.
Everyone's Favorite Cyborgs
Technological Determinism?
More Borgs
Materials Science and Engineering
•Understanding fundamental structure and property relations in materials
•Processing the materials
•Determining properties of finished product
Mechanical Engineering
•Using precise measurements
•Making the prosthesis
Robotics and Electrical Engineering
•Creating technology for use in prosthesis
•Using new electronic equipment to control prosthetic limbs
Biomedical Engineering
•Creating molds for prosthetic limbs
•Duplicating residual limb for adjustment
•Fitting the prosthesis onto the body
Myoelectric technology
Mindflex by Mattel. 2009
Master's Program in Virtual Reality Brain Computer Interface application design, January 2013
List some social and ethical concerns this technology poses
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