Wan Qi Fong
Design is not just an art; it also offers solutions to problems. Through the combination of engineering and design, functional and practical solutions can be created to address real-life issues. Effective communication between the product and the user is equally important, ensuring that users can easily understand how to use the product at first sight.
3D-printed CAM Boot
My work focuses on ankle foot orthotics, walker boots, and alternative plaster casts. These devices keep the foot and ankle in a relatively neutral position during ambulation, supplying excellent support and evenly distributing the load over a larger area. By consulting orthopaedists and walker boot users, I have found certain issues that need to be resolved.
To tackle these challenges, I have adopted a combination of Generative Design (Fusion 360), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and 3D printing technology. By using these tools along with human factors considerations, I have developed a final boot design that can be customized to fit individual feet. The result is a lighter, better-ventilated, easy-to-clean, and quick-drying product that reduces manufacturing time and minimizes the risk of secondary pain. Additionally, the improved recyclability of the boot promotes sustainability compared to current walker boots.