Materials for exoskeletal orthotic and prosthetic systems

Man Sang Wong, Babak Hassan Beygi, Yu Zheng

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic researchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


Orthopedic technologies encompass all devices applied externally to the user’s body to substitute a missing limb (prosthesis) or to replace a missing function (orthosis). Metals, wood, leather, fabrics, thermoplastics, thermosetting composites, foamed plastics, and elastomers are the principle materials mostly used in current orthopedic industry. Due to the fabrication ability of customized sophisticated devices, 3D printing has the potential to facilitate the design of the orthopedic devices. The final choice for material selection will rely on the local availability of materials, technical expertise of orthotist/prosthetist, and expected function for individual patient. The interplay of materials science and processing techniques will reveal new insights, and therefore consistent development and enhancement of materials guarantees the achievements of forthcoming expectations in orthotic and prosthetics industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780128051443
ISBN (Print)9780128048290
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Carbon fiber reinforced plastics
  • Composites
  • Elastomers
  • Exoskeleton
  • Expanding foams
  • Orthosis
  • Polypropylene
  • Prosthesis
  • Silicone
  • Stainless steel
  • Synthetic fibers
  • Thermoplastics
  • Titanium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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