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Fabricates, fits, maintains, and repairs artificial limbs, plastic cosmetic appliances, braces, surgical supports, plaster casts, and other orthopedic or prosthetic devices, according to prescription specifications and under guidance of orthotist, orthotics assistant, prosthetist, or prosthetics assistant.: Reads specifications to determine type of orthopedic device or prosthesis to be fabricated and materials and tools required. Lays out and marks dimensions of parts, using precision measuring instruments and templates. Bends, forms, welds, saws, carves, cuts, and grinds wood, plastic, metal, or fabric to fabricate parts, using hammers, anvils, welding equipment, saws and cutting machines, and hand cutting tools. Drills and taps holes for rivets, rivets components, and screws, using drill press. Glues, welds, bolts, sews, and rivets parts together to form orthopedic devices or prostheses, such as braces and artificial limbs. Shapes plastic and metal around cast of patient's torso or limbs. Covers and pads metal or plastic brace structures, using layers of rubber, felt, plastic, and leather. Makes wax or plastic impression of patient's amputated area, prepares mold from impression, and pours molten plastic into mold to form cosmetic appliances, such as artificial ear, nose, or hand. Assembles layers of padding over prosthesis and fits and attaches outer covering, such as leather, sheet plastic, or fiberglass, over device, using sewing machine, rivet gun, and hand tools. Mixes pigments according to formula to duplicate skin coloring of patient and applies pigments to outer covering of prosthesis. Polishes finished device, using grinding and buffing wheels. Tests orthopedic device or prosthesis for freedom of movement, alignment of parts, and biomechanical stability, using plumbline, goniometer, and alignment fixtures. May harness prosthesis to patient's stump, applying knowledge of functional anatomy. May instruct patient in use of orthopedic device or prosthesis. hide...show full eDOT descriptions