Custom 3D-printed orthoses
Orthoses are externally applied medical devices used to correct the neuromusculoskeletal system following acute or long-term injury. Although most orthoses come ready-made, there are instances where individuals require customised solutions as a result of complex or multiple injuries. To address this need, the EU-funded SPRINTAFO project is working on a simulation-based platform for the personalised design and development of orthoses. The work focuses on ankle–foot orthoses and the idea is to combine personalised biomechanical modelling and 3D printing technologies to manufacture the next generation of effective orthotic devices.