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+TUO project: low cost 3D printers as helpful tool for small communities with rheumatic diseases

(2015) RAPID PROTOTYPING JOURNAL. 21(5). p.491-505
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Purpose The here presented pilot study aims to identify opportunities and limits deriving from the use of Low Cost 3D printing (3DP) Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) Open Source technologies in Co-design and Co-production processes involving persons with Rheumatic Diseases. Design/methodology/approach In the paper we outline why the use of Low-cost Entry-level FDM can be meaningful for this scenario, implying a complete sharing of the design and the production phases of small assistive devices. The +TUO process is composed several stages, among which the Generative session represents the core. Findings This study highlights as the introduction of this low-cost technology in Co-generative processes with people with RDs is a real challenge that can lead to new products and solutions, and that can sustain a social and local manufacturing approach for people facing a specific disablement. Research limitations/implications This research is a first step of a broader research, new researches are going to explore further details related with the technology and of the adopted method. Practical implications Involving actively the End User during the creation process can bring advantages such as meeting more precisely their needs and create innovative products, as shown in the text. Originality/value +TUO is a pilot study that explore a topic already discussed in the scientific arena, without focusing on the specific use of low cost 3DP technologies.
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Rheumatic Diseases, Assistive Devices, Co-design, Low Cost 3DP, ASSISTIVE DEVICES, DESIGN, ARTHRITIS, TECHNOLOGIES, MEDICINE, USAGE

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Ostuzzi, Francesca, Valentina Rognoli, Jelle Saldien, and Marinella Levi. 2015. “+TUO Project: Low Cost 3D Printers as Helpful Tool for Small Communities with Rheumatic Diseases.” Rapid Prototyping Journal 21 (5): 491–505.
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Ostuzzi, F., Rognoli, V., Saldien, J., & Levi, M. (2015). +TUO project: low cost 3D printers as helpful tool for small communities with rheumatic diseases. RAPID PROTOTYPING JOURNAL, 21(5), 491–505.
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Ostuzzi F, Rognoli V, Saldien J, Levi M. +TUO project: low cost 3D printers as helpful tool for small communities with rheumatic diseases. RAPID PROTOTYPING JOURNAL. 2015;21(5):491–505.
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Ostuzzi, Francesca et al. “+TUO Project: Low Cost 3D Printers as Helpful Tool for Small Communities with Rheumatic Diseases.” RAPID PROTOTYPING JOURNAL 21.5 (2015): 491–505. Print.
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  abstract     = {Purpose
The here presented pilot study aims to identify opportunities and limits deriving from the use of Low Cost 3D printing (3DP) Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) Open Source technologies in Co-design and Co-production processes involving persons with Rheumatic Diseases.

Design/methodology/approach
In the paper we outline why the use of Low-cost Entry-level FDM can be meaningful for this scenario, implying a complete sharing of the design and the production phases of small assistive devices. The +TUO process is composed several stages, among which the Generative session represents the core.

Findings
This study highlights as the introduction of this low-cost technology in Co-generative processes with people with RDs is a real challenge that can lead to new products and solutions, and that can sustain a social and local manufacturing approach for people facing a specific disablement.

Research limitations/implications
This research is a first step of a broader research, new researches are going to explore further details related with the technology and of the adopted method.

Practical implications
Involving actively the End User during the creation process can bring advantages such as meeting more precisely their needs and create innovative products, as shown in the text.

Originality/value
+TUO is a pilot study that explore a topic already discussed in the scientific arena, without focusing on the specific use of low cost 3DP technologies.},
  author       = {Ostuzzi, Francesca and Rognoli, Valentina and Saldien, Jelle and Levi, Marinella},
  issn         = {1355-2546},
  journal      = {RAPID PROTOTYPING JOURNAL},
  keywords     = {Rheumatic Diseases,Assistive Devices,Co-design,Low Cost 3DP,ASSISTIVE DEVICES,DESIGN,ARTHRITIS,TECHNOLOGIES,MEDICINE,USAGE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {491--505},
  title        = {+TUO project: low cost 3D printers as helpful tool for small communities with rheumatic diseases},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/RPJ-09-2014-0111},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2015},
}

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