Design of prosthetic and orthotic devices

HPC-Competence Center

it4i_en_narodni_4_radkyIT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre is an important part of the e-Infrastructure of the Czech Republic focused on HPC research and services. The centre operates the most advanced HPC technologies and services and makes them available to Czech and foreign research teams from both academia and industry. One of the key functions of IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre is to support industry in the Czech Republic.

The Enterprise

ING Corporation, spol. s r.o. was founded as a family owned company with a view to help the disabled people. ING corporation spol. s r.o. is one of the leading companies in the field of prosthetics in the Czech market.

 

How HPC makes the difference

Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing (CADM) has been around for decades. The abrupt development in 3D printing, which we have experienced lately, gives designers and engineers’ opportunities,which were unimaginable just a few years ago. One example is prosthetic and orthotic devices. These devices were traditionally manufactured and customized manually. 3D printing technology allows us to deliver user customized design and thus brings a totally new dimension to this industry.

ING Corporation is designing and manufacturing prosthetic and orthotic devices using 3D printing. Their design must not only be functional, but also aesthetic. This makes their design geometrically very complex, and traditional CAD software could be used only for the design phase, as it is not easily customizable within a relatively short time. The objective of collaboration between ING Corporation and IT4Innovations is to develop highly parallel software tools for real time customization of 3D models of prosthetic and orthotic devices. This tool will allow ING Corporation to bring customization of their design closer to their end-users, giving them the option to design the devices by themselves, as they require.