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The purpose is to design and fabricate an attachment to augment the magnetic components that are currently in use to retain silicone auricular prostheses. The bar-clip and magnet-abutment cap techniques currently in use both have disadvantages. It is desired to retain the current magnetic attachments and the magnacaps that mount on each abutment. The objective is to incorporate a passive locking mechanism to safeguard the prosthetic ear from complete dislodgement due to a posterior or anterior applied force. Additionally, when the locking mechanism is not engaged, minimal effort should be required to remove and attach the ear to the surgical implant.
From left to right: Jim Mott, Eamon Bernardoni, Brooke Sampone, and Sam Paulsen
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