Engaging Empathy and Making: 3D Printed Prosthetic Skins | Dustin Headley

Dustin Headley will cover the development and fabrication of an array of prosthetic skins for 6 patients with leg amputations at Kansas State University. 27 students were divided into 7 teams and subsequently assigned a patient. This project represented the students’ introduction into 3D modeling and fabrication processes, including 3D scanning, laser cutting, CNC milling and 3D printing. Students engaged the patients via interview and later presented the developed designs to them. The instructor used 3D scanning technology to scan both the patient’s intact limb and prosthesis to enable the mirroring of the geometry in the computer and the mapping of connection details between the skin and prosthesis. A diversity of materials and connection details were explored in the process. The resulting knowledge from the project informs fabrication techniques and tolerances associated with the identified fabrication methods.