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U. of Delaware, Aberdeen Partnership to Improve Rehabilitation for Wounded Warriors

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  • January 26, 2012
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A new partnership between the University of Delaware and the Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., will develop custom-made orthopedic braces for wounded warriors and civilians.

The project takes advantage of the university’s expertise in rehabilitation science and the cutting-edge technologies in free-form rapid manufacturing available from the Army, reported the Baltimore Sun. Researchers at the two activities will develop prototype modeling processes and manufacturing methods to fabricate personalized orthopedic devices, which will be evaluated by wounded warriors regarding fit, function and comfort. The process will allow superior customization while slashing the cost of custom-fit orthotics by up to 80 percent.

“Combining the expertise of their [University of Delaware] staff with the rapid manufacturing facilities and expertise made sense,” said Kevin Wallace, chief of the technology and systems integration branch at the Edgewood Center’s Advanced Design and Manufacturing Division.

The new partnership is due in part to an award for orthopedic rehabilitation the university received from DOD’s congressional-directed medical research program in early 2011.

– contributed by Matt Borron

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