A novel model for the material selection of smart objects for hand-rehabilitation: a case study+

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Abstract

Home hand rehabilitation for stroke is becoming increasingly important due to logistic and financial challenges. Developing Daily-life Integrated Hand-rehabilitation Products (DIHP) aims to enable the application of at-home rehabilitation. The materials of these products are essential for their success, however, selecting materials for DIHP has not been investigated yet. Previous research on material selection showed that it is done strictly on material properties or based on a human-centered approach. Hence, in this study, we propose a hybrid model for choosing materials for DIHP. To achieve this, we first combined the findings of previous material selection processes into a comprehensive material selection model. We applied this model in a case study, in which we first selected three materials based on their properties. Following, we 3d printed a DIHP out of the chosen materials and tested the feeling of the materials with multiple expert groups. Our findings suggest that the proposed material selection method is promising and highlights that our comprehensive model provides more insights when compared to a strict material property-based selection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society, Volume 3: ICED23
Pages353-363
Number of pages11
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023
Event24th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2023 - Bordeaux, France
Duration: 24 Jul 202328 Jul 2023
Conference number: 24

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Design Society
ISSN (Print)2732-527X

Conference

Conference24th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2023
Abbreviated titleICED 2023
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityBordeaux
Period24/07/2328/07/23

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