Finite element analysis can be a very powerful tool for understanding stress distribution on the feet and its implications for comfort. An adequate virtual 3D model is needed to precisely simulate the biomechanical behavior of the human foot.
Virtual tests can shorten the time to market for medical devices. Researchers obtained accurate 3D models of stent geometry from nano/micro-CT images to create realistic computational models for stent research.
The blood flow through the liver is characterized by complicated flow patterns. For a better understanding, the IBiTech team developed a model of the liver microcirculation based on 3D reconstructions aided by software from Materialise.
Today 99% of hearing aids are personalized to uniquely fit the wearer for a more comfortable fit. This example of mass customization was made through a partnership between Phonak, now part of Sonova, and Materialise. The duo created a solution with a better fit by digitizing a labor-intensive process by using custom software and 3D printing.
For the patient in this case, recurring bouts of cancer led doctors to remove an area of his face that included his right eye, cheek bone, and upper jaw. This left the patient with a severe deformity that had serious consequences for his quality of life. Conventional treatment for this rare case did not exist.