Design of manikin for testing of residual-limb shape-capture method: technical note

Anthony McGarry, Brendan McHugh, Jake Duers, Arjan W. P. Buis

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Consensus is still lacking on how best to capture the shape of a residual limb. Computer-aided design systems have not proven more accurate, repeatable, or reliable than traditional plaster of paris methods. Research is limited in design, relates to clinical trials, and is based on opinions and clinical experience. Many outcome measurements are based on qualitative estimations of prosthetic fit or patient feedback rather than quantitative measurements. Research must identify the most accurate, repeatable, and reliable methods for residual-limb shape capture under conditions most likely to enhance socket fit. Measurement is difficult because a reference grid is requiredfor identifying the residual limb's axis for ensuring direct comparison. This article describes a manikin production method for testing the shape capture of the residual limb. Diameters and volume were measured at specific levels with a programmable computer numerical control milling machine and a displacement tool, with a combined accuracy of 5 micrometers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-252
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Rehabilitiation Research and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • artificial limbs
  • consistency
  • shape capture
  • CAD
  • plaster of paris
  • residual limb
  • transtibial
  • computer-aided design
  • volume
  • measurement
  • manikin
  • prosthetics
  • rehabilitation


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