After applying loads representative for walking, it was found that the strains in the interprosthetic gap were higher than those in the surrounding area. However, models with this gap consistently had lower strains than models with only a hip prosthesis. Furthermore, the results indicated that not only the gap size, but also the gap’s location influences the strain pattern. However, the interprosthetic gap did not act as an overall stress riser when compared to a bone without implants. The researchers were able to establish a robust FE workflow for the different combinations of implant size variations, using the advanced
FE tools in the Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite. Moreover, the manual intervention in creating the assemblies was reduced to a minimum.