Abstract

Participation in sports, and rock climbing in particular, is able to offer many benefits to those who have lost or were born without a limb. Depending on the sport the individual wishes to participate in, there remains relatively few to no prosthetics despite the strong desire of amputees to engage in sports. Industrial designers are increasingly needed on teams to bring about change. Their skill set can help create prosthetics that are functional for a given sport, capture that sport’s essence, are aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for extended use. Together with engineers and prosthetists, they can find the right materials and methods of manufacturing to produce durable prosthetics at a reasonable price. Missing any one of these factors could lead to a product that’s largely ignored which won’t be of any help.

Publication Date

4-15-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Advisor

Alex Lobos

Advisor/Committee Member

Mindy Magyar

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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