POP – Personalised 3D printed foot orthotics: from data acquisition to production
Description of the research project
Musculoskeletal disorders are among the major causes of disability and reduction of quality of life.
The use of foot orthotics has been awarded as a valid conservative and corrective treatment. In this framework, generic commercialised FOs show limitations in terms of effectiveness and efficacy. On the other hand, the use of personalised foot orthotics for a tailored intervention may be a valid technique although the productive process is time consuming and required lot of resources.
Whit the aiming to overcomes the current limitations, an innovative productive process for the development of personalized 3D-printed foot orthotics is presented.
In this work, an easy and standardised images acquisiton protocol is defined, and a dedicated data reconstructon procedure is developed and optmised to accurately reproduce the foot geometry.
In this work, an easy and standardised images acquisiton protocol is defined, and a dedicated data reconstructon procedure is developed and optmised to accurately reproduce the foot geometry. Accordingly, a personalised pair of foot orthotics is designed with CAD technique and optmised to address the podiatrist prescripton. Moreover, the geometry and infll patern are adjusted, appropriate materials are selected, and the final model is 3D-printed.
The 3D printing assures a significant reduction in costs and production times providing reliable mechanical properties like the best current standards.
The Pop project is co-funded by the EU and Lazio innova in the context of the regional call Pre-Seed (Lazio Innova POR FESR LAZIO 2014-2020). This grant aims to support and promote the development of innovative startups.