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An orthotic device printed on a 3D printer.

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This procedure allows us to simulate your orthosis before making it.

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3D-printed orthoses

3D printing is increasingly being used in technical orthopedics. Using this process, orthoses can first be digitally designed and then constructed in layers.

Taking into account the anatomical requirements, an aesthetic aid with first-class functionality can be created using 3D printing technology: the PRINTORTHESE®. The design possibilities here are almost unlimited. You can personalize your PRINTORTHESE® any way you want. Accessories such as watches, fitness trackers, lights, rhinestones, and emblems can be easily integrated into the orthosis. In this way, your medical device becomes a functional piece of jewelry that is no longer hidden from your everyday life, but rather proudly presented.



How it all began...

A few years ago, we began to rethink our orthoses from the ground up, redesign them and, above all, provide them with new properties beneficial for patients. Specifically, we have set ourselves the goal of making an orthosis as comfortable as possible to wear, improving its design and achieving a high functional and therapeutic benefit.

The result of our years of research and development process is POHLIG PRINTORTHESE®. Made with the 3D printer, the aid meets all the requirements we place on a modern orthosis.

Entwicklung der PRINTORTHESE® | © Pohlig GmbH
Konstruktion PRINTORTHESE® | © Pohlig GmbH

Scan and simulate

Thanks to 3D printing technology, we will be able to do without conventional plaster casts in the future. Instead, we perform a 3D scan of the affected area of the body. This has the great advantage that the correction of the arm, spine, etc. can already be simulated during the scan (SimBrace® procedure). Using this patented process, it is possible to verify that the patient is actually showing an improved functional result in a defined correction before the orthosis is completed,

and then build the orthosis virtually based on the scanning model before it is actually produced using 3D printing technology.

Why print?

The PRINTORTHESE® offers numerous advantages:

  • Scanning technology instead of plaster castk
  • Lower weight thanks to the many clearances
  • Reduced perspiration through breathability
  • Padding of possible pressure load zones thanks to integrated gel pads
  • Improved tactile perception
  • Co-creation by the patient (choice of color and design)

Of course, the conventional production and supply methods remain in place in addition to the 3D printed orthoses. Indeed, initial studies show that the acceptance of the device made with PRINTORTHESE® is relatively high compared to orthoses with conventional PE technology. Patients with PRINTORTHESE®, for example, use the affected hand more frequently for manual activities and report greater wearing comfort.

Trade article

Integration of additive manufacturing processes (3D printing) into everyday orthopedic care

Authors: C. Kienzle, M. Schäfer
Source: ORTHOPÄDIE-TECHNIK 05/18, Verlag Orthopädie-Technik Dortmund