For the past 2 years we have been very closely with Pro Paedic developing Adjustable sockets for Prosthetic limbs. We used high end 3D printing to create custom adjustable sockets that not just fits the patient perfectly but also allows them the freedom to tighten and loosen their prosthetic limb as needed improving the level of comfort. So far the medical trails have been going very well and below you will see some results from our latest test on the Mark III Socket. We would like to give a special thanks to the guys at the Center for Rapid Prototyping (CRPM) at Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein for their assistance in sponsoring the 3D Printed socket. Check out the video below!
We are happy to announce the after the last two months of hard work, experiments and tests we have finalized Ozzie’s prosthetic leg. For the past two weeks Ozzie walked with his final test leg proving that the design is solid and he is adapting quite nicely to using a prosthesis. We have learnt a lot through the process and are very happy to see positive results as Ozzie’s life is getting as close to normal for a goose as it can get.
Ozzie has so far spend some time practicing walking on his test legs and getting used to the idea of walking again. His overall mood has improved and he seems to be a happier goose all together, he is even swimming more than he used too! This week we printed an upgraded version designed by Jeané Bresler from BunnyCorp, she combined some of the previous designs and we also cast silicone over his prosthetic foot to give him a bit more grip on slippery or smooth surfaces.
Ozzie usually only goes for a quick swim as he could only swim in circles with one leg! Today he couldn’t get out of the pool, we are happy to see that he is learning to swim straight with his 3D Printed leg. Video with ompliments from his parents, the Burger’s, thanks for sharing 🙂
We are busy with a big upgrade to the existing design and will be manufacturing and fitting it within the coming week so keep an eye out!
Ozzie had quite a week spending every day getting used to his new leg and practicing walking. We adapted the foot on the one prosthetic to make it larger to match his other foot and did some tests to evaluate what design changes would need to be implemented to improve the current designs.We learnt much from the test samples he used this week and now have a much better understanding of what needs to be done. Our ext step is to apply the design changes and 3D print them for our next phase of tests, if they are successful we can start planning the final high end print. We have a few ideas regarding covering the print in a rubber like material that could assist with more flex and grip ad our prediction is that the final design will be a more skeleton-like 3D print with cast rubber encapsulating the print. This will most likely feature in our next attempt.
Sue send us some footage of Ozzie standing properly for the first time and also taking his first steps 🙂
For those who missed the show this morning on Ozzie’s 3D Printed leg, here is the audio clip 🙂
Ozzie’s New Leg
A few weeks ago we got word of a Goose with a situation. He broke his leg and it had to amputated at the joint. He was lucky as Animal lover and rescuer Sue Burger got hold of him and started nursing him back to health, as time went by he struggled more and more to cope with only one leg resulting in damaged wings and self confidence. They considered ending his struggle many times but always decided not too, out of desperation Sue managed to get onto a national radio station (RSG) in the hope someone would hear their plea and be able to assist them somehow.