How Do Companies Make the Artificial Limb Look Like the Missing Limb?
Several companies have devised techniques to ensure that the cosmesis matches the remaining limb. One company, for example, makes extremely lifelike and accurate custom silicone cosmeses for upperand lower-extremity limbs. By using 3D high-resolution scanning and 3D printing, the company provides a replica, by reversal, of the sound limb. “This is achieved by using precision computer and digital imaging tools for processing each individual to capture and replicate size, true form and the fine details of skin, such as fingerprints,” says the company’s president, Thomas Ferrone. “For an exact match, comfort of fit, and quick, easy delivery, we use our patented processes joining the most advanced materials, computerassisted design and computer-aided manufacturing. A color match is achieved through our custom color matching process based on color calibration and a color confirmation procedure.” Another company is currently trying to develop a new method of producing a cosmesis that it hope