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Creating Custom Prosthetic Arms Using the Autodesk Fusion 360 Organic Mesh Conversion

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    Victoria Hand Project (VHP) is a charity that designs and deploys low-cost, 3D-printed prosthetic arms in developing countries. VHP provides medical professionals in low-income countries with the tools and training to create custom prosthetic arms. VHP has developed software solutions which use Autodesk Fusion 360 software to efficiently create these devices. Recently, VHP struggled to create prosthetic devices for upper-arm amputees (i.e., above elbow), due to the complex geometry of the 3D scans and the in-depth knowledge/workflow required to make the devices. Through the new Autodesk Fusion 360 Product Design Extension, VHP can now organically convert the complex mesh bodies of upper-arm scans into solid bodies for further 3D modeling. This has substantially improved the workflow of creating upper-arm prosthetic sockets, and allows for automation using APIs. This empowers VHP’s in-country partners to create custom upper-arm prosthetic devices quickly and easily, allowing for improved access to prosthetic care.

    Key Learnings

    • Learn how to create custom health-care devices by combining 3D scanning and CAD tools.
    • Learn how to convert 3D scans into solid bodies using the new Autodesk Fusion 360 organic mesh conversion tool.
    • Learn about integrating Autodesk Fusion 360 in clinical settings to improve productivity.
    • Learn about implementing custom product-design workflows using the Autodesk Fusion 360 API.