Plastic soda bottles: A reusable material for making transradial sockets

Yeongchi Wu*, Hector R. Casanova, Andrea J. Ikeda

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This paper describes a new fabrication process for making low-cost transradial sockets using recyclable plastic soda bottles. Easy, fast, and inexpensive to fabricate, the resulting socket can be used as a temporary device for stump care. Multiple sockets can be made and individually incorporated with various terminal devices for light-duty self-care or functional activities, such as feeding, showering, typing, swimming, or gardening. The formed socket is lightweight and also suitable for use with a cosmetic passive hand prosthesis. This process has been developed as a potential cost-effective assistive technology appropriate for individuals with transradial amputation in resource-limited countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-106
Number of pages7
JournalProsthetics and orthotics international
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Appropriate technology
  • Fabrication techniques
  • Plastic soda bottle
  • Prosthetics and orthotics in developing countries
  • Upper limb prosthetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation


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