SUNConferences, Southern African Institute of Industrial Engineering 2013

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Evaluation Of Rapid Product Development Technologies For Production Of Prosthesis In Developing Communities
Gert Adriaan Oosthuizen, Tristan Gerhold, Devon Hagedorn-Hansen

Last modified: 2013-06-25


The production of prostheses using conventional methods or advanced technologies makes it unaffordable for people living in developing communities. Since the Fablab revolution and due to the collaborative open source movement, numerous rapid product development technologies were invented. The idea of these movements is to provide widespread access to modern means for sustainable invention and to ensure distributed value creation. This research study was to evaluate suitable rapid product technologies for value creation in developing communities, primarily for the production of prostheses. Open source technologies were used to fabricate prosthetic ears and evaluated in terms of cost, time and energy consumption. The accuracy of these more affordable open source technologies were also critically analysed, after developing the ears in a few hours. The results revealed that open source technologies can be used for distributed prosthetic production.

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