Integrated Rapid Prototyping (IRP) is a systematic approach of optimizing product development from conception to realization, a process which we defined by the combination of 3D Digitization, 3D Modeling, Finite Element Methods, Additive Manufacturing, and Non-Destructive Testing. IRP has numerous applications, from consumer accessibility to industry level manufacturing. Our process was applied to the medical field through the creation of a custom orthotic device. A process done by using leg scans from a portable scanner, designing an orthotic model, analysis, fabrication via additive manufacturing, and product testing. Through this application, the development process was validated and analyzed by considering material characteristics, surface metrology, and full field optical techniques.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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