It’s a joyous week over at Phits™ Insoles! And if you’re excited by the prospect of accessible 3D-printed custom insoles, tailored to your own feet and gait, it’s a joyous week for you too. This guest post by Tom Peeters, Marketing Manager, tells you what you can look forward to from this pioneering company and their passion for customized 3D-printed insoles. In April 2014, RS Print was founded as the result of a quest for the ultimate custom orthotic. Less than two years later, as of January 2016, we’ve got an award-winning product! And it’s not some obscure award handed out by an obscure organization at a fair held in some shabby shed. None of that… our Phits™ insoles just won the ISPO Award and that feels really great. ISPO is one the largest sports business networks worldwide and their trade fairs are the biggest and most important sporting goods fairs in the industry. The recognition by their independent jury, choosing our orthotics out of many high-tech products, really merited celebrations at our facilities in Paal-Beringen, Belgium.
After six hip replacements left her pelvis bone in fragile condition, 71-year old Meryl Richards was in great pain after her left leg pushed through her pelvis bone and caused the leg to be two inches shorter than the other. Soon she would be wheelchair-bound forever, after having walked with crutches and sticks for years. Fortunately, surgeons at the Southampton General Hospital, UK, implanted a 3D-printed hip joint, held it in place with the patient's own stem cells - an unprecedented approach.
At OrthoView, we’ve just celebrated the first anniversary of becoming a Materialise company. For a small company with a defined niche – providing pre-operative planning solutions to orthopedic surgeons – joining a rather large one, it’s been a rollercoaster of a year with great things learned and accomplished on both sides. We’ve been impressed by the enthusiasm and passion of our colleagues at Materialise, and a year later, we’ve learned both to do things differently and to do different things.
Last Sunday, around 37,500 runners crossed the finish line of the London Marathon, each of them with a story to tell. Among these, some had a very special story to tell, and a select few came with an extraordinary story that needs to be shared with the world…
Materialise goes to Las Vegas for a second time this year! Last January we went to the International CES to show off our complete ranges of 3D printing services and software. Now, just a few weeks ago, we went to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting to focus specifically on our clinical applications.
In a world where graphics have advanced so much that you can make a realistic-looking person from computer software, Jan Van Der Veken takes a step back and shows the beauty of putting complicated ideas into clear lines.
It’s safe to say that Materialise has a lot of football (a.k.a. soccer) fans, especially fans of the Red Devils, Belgium’s national football team. That is why so many of us here at HQ were excited when the world-renowned Lieven Maesschalck, the physical therapist of the Red Devils during the World Cup, came to our office on Tuesday, October 28th to learn more about RS Print.
After an amazing first week of brainstorming with the students, we were happy to begin to really work on the projects with the selected 8 students. It was an incredibly busy week as we went around to cities all over Benin to conduct research, but very exciting to work on the details of the projects and to work with the students on developing their project management skills. The progress of each project and personal development of each student have advanced in just these first two weeks and we’re looking forward to seeing how the next two weeks will go. But let’s first give you an update about the Benin Summer School’s second week…
7-year-old Joos fell on the playground at school leaving him with a double arm fracture. After his arm healed and the cast was removed, his arm was completely crooked and his arm was not functioning the way it should: suddenly he could not do some of his favorite things such as summersaults or handstands.
When I hear the word “anatomical lab” I can feel a chill run up and down my spine. I imagine a 19th-century-style dusty basement lined with formaldehyde-filled jars home to various organs; essentially a place where Frankenstein’s monster or a duck with a frog arm could pop out at any minute.