Personalized Automation: How FITme Increased Productivity by 346%

Solutions: Mimics Innovation Suite

The Korean-based company specialized in manufacturing implants for facial reconstruction, FITme, decided to bring together nasal silicone implants and mass personalization to provide better and faster service. With the help of Materialise's Custom Plugins, FITme achieved higher efficiency in their production process thanks to its workflow automation features. 

How to Reduce Planning Time for LLD and Femoral Offset by 25%

Solutions: Materialise OrthoView

By using Materialise OrthoView’s automated SmartHip wizard, planning time for surgeries has reduced by as much as 25%, according to Dr. Andrew Noble, a hip and knee specialist at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute in Florida.

Bespoke 3D Anatomical Modeling for 5-Year-Old Jalanea

Solutions: Mimics inPrint

Born with Down syndrome and undergoing treatment for leukemia, Jalanea was diagnosed at 5 years old with Atlanto-axial instability – a dangerous point of weakness between spine and skull. Clinicians at Ochsner Hospital for Children used 3D anatomical modeling, generated by Materialise’s Mimics inPrint software, to help plan and successfully execute a complicated procedure that would ultimately save a brave little girl’s life.

Time Saved in the OR by Identifying the Right Components for Knee Revision in advance

Solutions: Materialise OrthoView

Digital pre-operative planning allows the surgeon to easily assess the size of components required, as well as other factors that the duration of the procedure. Having considered a variety of options in advance of the procedure, the surgeon was able to ensure both the equipment and his staff were prepared, thus saving valuable time in the OR.

Planning a Total Knee Revision

Solutions: Materialise OrthoView

The patient, an 86 year-old woman who was the primary caregiver for her husband, had previously been an active person in the local community. She was experiencing increasing right knee pain and deformity and was unable to walk without the use of a cane. A physical examination revealed antero-posterior and medial instability with 10-degree hyperextension to 90-degree flexion


Planning a total knee replacement & tibial osteotomy to replace & realign the knee joint

Solutions: Materialise OrthoView

The patient has a history of hypophosphatemic rickets. The associated bone abnormalities and leg malalignment had been addressed by bilateral closing wedge tibial osteotomies when the patient was approximately 40 years of age. The patient was now experiencing pain in both knees and was having difficulty walking.

Shoulder Surgery Helps 60-Year-Old Fulfill Daily Activities Again

A 60 year old lady was suffering from shoulder pain and limited range of motion. Analysis of the medical images indicated a devastating shoulder arthrosis with severe medialization and erosion of the glenoid. Due to a complete loss of the glenoid vault, implantation of a classic pegged baseplate for reverse total shoulder was not an option. In addition, interposition of a massive bone graft would have little chance for ingrowth and survival, hence little chance to offer sufficient stability.

Life-transforming hip surgery makes 81 year old sing and whistle again

At the age of 81, the patient was suffering from a Paprosky type 3B defect and already underwent hip revision surgeries prior to seeking the help of Mr. Dunlop. He is not alone, because data from joint registries show that 27% of the revisions is not an initial one and those re-revisions have a 3 times higher chance of failure compared to initial revisions.

Restoring Hip Biomechanics with Cemented Femoral Hip Implants: A 3D Templating Study Using Scripting

Solutions: Mimics Innovation Suite, Scripting

Total hip replacement is widely considered a very successful surgery to relieve pain and restore mobility to patients. Since the shape of every patient's femur is different, the femoral offset, anteversion angle and length can vary widely between patients. Therefore, to achieve good functional results, an accurate restoration of hip biomechanics with appropriate implant and sizing options is essential.

Automating Key Components of Finite Element Research

Solutions: FEA, Mimics Innovation Suite, Scripting

In total hip replacement surgery, short hip stems are presumed to reduce proximal stress shielding compared to traditional, long stems. Belgian researchers virtually implanted a commercially available calcar-guided short stem in a series of bones with deviating proximal geometry and performed finite element analyses. Given the large number of FEA models that had to be created, they used an automated methodology. 

Orthopedic Device Manufacturers Turn to Workflow Automation to Accelerate Knee Development

Solutions: Mimics Innovation Suite, Scripting

Patellofemoral joint complication is among the leading causes for the failure of primary total knee replacement. When the joint wears down and a total knee replacement surgery is recommended, one of the goals of the femoral component is to restore the trochlear groove in such a way that the patella follows its natural pathway during knee movement. Exactech performed a study to understand the native, healthy trochlear groove.

AM Simulation: A Guide to the Best Part Orientation and Support Configuration

Solutions: FEA, Magics, Magics 3D Print Suite, Metal 3D Printing

In this case study, we investigate different part-support configurations of a patient-specific CMF implant, and determine which configuration is most suitable for the AM process. We do this by simulating deformations via inherent strain method and comparing the final deformations of the parts after support removal.