As three-dimensional technology progressively becomes ubiquitous, with cheaper equipment and more user-friendly Computer assisted Design software, it is expected that health care providers (HCP) will be able to understand and use this set of tools to produce in-house prosthetics and orthotics. Creating in-house devices greatly improves patient care and experience. It is faster compared to traditional methods; it allows for direct input from the provider and the patient for specific customizations and allows on the spot modifications and troubleshooting. Our team has created, applied and customized 3D printed devices in different settings; pediatric population, burn and frostbite patients, as well as using this technology in under-resourced environments.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the indications and applications of 3D printing for the patients of the Physiatric population.
  • Attain a general principle of the various prosthetics and orthotics that can be fabricated with 3D printing, and how the available technologies affect their production.
  • Educate attendees on the utility of 3D printing potentials and impact for the treatment of patients in environments with limited resources, pediatric population as well as frostbite and burns victims.