4D printing of soft orthoses for tremor suppression

Mohammadi, M., Zolfagharian, A., Bodaghi, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0707-944X, Xiang, Y. and Kouzani, A.Z., 2022. 4D printing of soft orthoses for tremor suppression. Bio-Design and Manufacturing. ISSN 2096-5524

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Tremor is an involuntary and oscillatory movement disorder that makes daily activities difficult for affected patients. Hand tremor-suppression orthoses are noninvasive, wearable devices designed to mitigate tremors. Various studies have shown that these devices are effective, economical, and safe; however, they have drawbacks such as large weight, awkward shape, and rigid parts. This study investigates different types of tremor-suppression orthoses and discusses their efficiency, mechanism, benefits, and disadvantages. First, various orthoses (with passive, semi-active, and active mechanisms) are described in detail. Next, we look at how additive manufacturing (AM) has progressed recently in making sensors and actuators for application in tremor orthoses. Then, the materials used in AM are further analyzed. It is found that traditional manufacturing problems can be solved with the help of AM techniques, like making orthoses that are affordable, lighter, and more customizable. Another concept being discussed is using smart materials and AM methods, such as four-dimensional (4D) printing, to make orthoses that are more comfortable and efficient.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Bio-Design and Manufacturing
Creators: Mohammadi, M., Zolfagharian, A., Bodaghi, M., Xiang, Y. and Kouzani, A.Z.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 7 June 2022
ISSN: 2096-5524
Rights: © Crown 2022. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 10 Jun 2022 09:56
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2022 09:56
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46434

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