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Simulation-based design and development of a novel 3D printed ankle-foot orthosis

Project description

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.

Objective

The research action involves an experienced researcher, Dr Xijin Hua, previously working at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and now working in the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), Department of Engineering at University of Cambridge in the UK, to work on the project “Simulation-based design and development of a novel 3D printed ankle-foot orthosis (SPRINTAFO)” for 24 months under the supervision of Dr Sebastian Pattinson. The project aims to develop a simulation-based platform for the personalised design and development of 3D printed orthoses, and apply the platform to the design and optimization of a novel 3D printed ankle-foot orthosis (AFO). The action also aims to provide a platform for the fellow to acquire new knowledge and skills, and for the fellow and the host organization to share and transfer knowledge and skills in the fields of Musculoskeletal computational simulation, Biomechanics, Optimization, 3D printing, Material Sciences and Medical Devices. The outcome of the project will provide a leap forward in the development and manufacturing of cost-effective, highly personalised and functional tailored orthoses, through the integration of personalised biomechanical simulation model and 3D printing technologies, which will further strengthen the host organization’s leading position and competence as a multidisciplinary research unit in 3D printed medical devices. Moreover, the project will aim to develop long-term research collaborations between University of Cambridge and ETH Zurich, as well as between Europe and China by taking advantages of existing academic networks and industrial partnerships.

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Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Net EU contribution
€ 224 933,76
Address
Trinity lane the old schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom

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Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Other funding
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