DANIEL VLASCEANU, FLORIN BACIU, DIANA POPESCU, ANTON HADAR, RODICA MARINESCU DEVELOPMENT AND 3D PRINTING OF AN ABS ERGONOMIC HANDLE FOR MEDICAL USE A CASE STUDY
This paper presents a study undertaken following the collaboration between specialists in two multidisciplinary fields, namely engineering and medicine. It was aimed at solving a practical problem by developing of a handle for use in orthopedic surgery. Specific engineering tools, knowledge and processes and methods were used for accomplishing this task. Tailoring devices according to surgeons preferences for ensuring an ergonomic use is an important criterion alongside functional and sterilization requirements, cost and fabrication time, 3D printing representing a feasible manufacturing solution as this research proves. The article details the steps required to complete the final product: design and redesign, numerical analysis, prototypes manufacturing and testing. To perform the numerical analysis that highlights the device mechanical behavior, finite element method was used in assessing different handle designs.
Keywords: 3D printing, medical devices, finite element method, design