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Prototyping and expert meetings

Designer Mickael Boulay is currently working on an adjustable connection part and foot. To get relevant feedback and to be able to make the next steps, experts have been gathered in the Waag. Read an update about his work and the results of this expert meeting.
“I have been working on several parts of the prosthesis, such as the foot. I have milled an example in the Fablab Amsterdam, based on a design of Jens Dyvik. And I’m now working on an element that will be situated under the socket and on top of the feet. I want to design it so that the wearer can adjust the angles and fine-tune the position of the pillon and foot. In this video, you can see the first draft model.
On Friday 22 February, We organized a meeting at the Waag. We wanted to submit the tangible output produced in Fablab Yogyakarta and Fablab Amsterdam to a group of experts. One by one, the various sockets, feet and connections were examined and discussed on a technical level. How resistant should they be? Which local materials are suitable? And can we find cheap ways to test the prototypes ourselves? Based on these outcomes, I will start rethinking the design of the foot.
The conceptual side of the prototypes has been reaffirmed: the production of a prosthesis that is adjustable directly by its wearer would bring the person into an active relationship with the prosthesis. In this way, experience and acceptance can enhance each other. This mindset is imagined for a need in Indonesia, but could it also work here, in the Netherlands?
This very inspiring day provided us with accurate feedback on our prototypes as well as on how to continue our challenge. We can’t (and we don’t!) wait to take our next steps!

We would like to thank the experts for their input:

  • Ira Agrivine (HONF, Yogyakarta)
  • Arjen Bergsma (Biomedical Engineer, Motion Project)
  • Marcel Conradi (Director of De Hoogstraat Rehabilitation Centre, Utrecht)
  • Dirk van Dongen (Orthopaedic Technologist & Human Kinetic Technologist, Verhage Orthopedie, Utrecht)
  • Prof. Dr. Bert Otten (NeuroMechanics and Prosthetics Center for Human Movement Sciences, UMGC)
  • Bram Sterke (Master student Biomedical Engineering UMGC)
  • Tommy Suryo (HONF, Fablab manager Yogyakarta)
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