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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