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What is the SimBrace® process?

This process allows us to simulate your orthosis and its correction before we make the device.

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Plaster casts are a thing of the past

Scanning starts now!

SimBrace® is a unique scanning process that we have developed especially for our patients. Adjustable pads are used to hold the affected part of the body in a corrected position. Once we have achieved the desired position, we take a scan of the affected body part. 

The patient-friendly process allows us to simulate the function and fit of an orthosis before it is completed. This way, we can ensure that an optimal correction result is achieved with the orthosis that we fabricate from the scan. 

So far, the SimBrace® process has been used in the following areas:

  • Trunk 
  • Finger, hand and arm


Scoliosis correction simulation




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SimBrace® Torso

The aim is to achieve body symmetry by holding your spine in a corrected position. To do so, you will need to stand or sit in a special apparatus. If you can't stand on your own, you may also sit on a stool. Next, we will determine the optimal correction of your spine and use the moveable mechanism of the apparatus to hold you in this position. This allows us to simulate the optimal fit and function of your future corset. 

Once we are satisfied with the position, we can scan the corrected posture. Finally, the three-dimensional torso model is virtually modelled in our CAD department.

The finished corset willwrap around your torso and hold your spine in the corrected position. 

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SimBrace® Arm

The SimBrace® procedure begins with an inspection of the anatomy and function of the finger, hand or arm. In a further step, we put on a specially developed correction frame and, together with a physiotherapist, test the function of the finger, hand or arm in the corrected position. The pressure surfaces (pads) are arranged according to the tried-and-tested three-point correction principle.

Once the optimal corrected position has been found (i.e. the greatest correction with the best possible function), the hand or arm can be scanned.

The 3D scan of the corrected hand or arm serves as a virtual model from which your individual orthosis is built. As such, your orthosis is designed to hold your hand or arm in the optimal corrected position. 

SimBrace® Torso – is everything just simulated?!

Nathalie and Selina show you how the SimBrace® Torso works. The newly developed process can be used to simulate the functioning of a corset before it is produced.

Since this method has been developed, the plaster cast has become a thing of the past!

SimBrace® arm – the path to PRINTORTHESE®

In this video, we show you how a PRINTORTHESE® is created and how we determine the perfect hand posture using a specially developed correction frame.

Benefits of SimBrace®

The SimBrace® process is a great relief for orthopedic technicians and patients alike, as the simulation replaces the classic plaster cast method. Orthopedic technicians are now taking the time previously used for plaster casts to collaborate with a physiotherapist to determine the optimal corrected position for the patient.

Another advantage of the orthoses produced with the SimBrace® method is that they do not need to be modified extensively to achieve a perfect fit. Orthoses produced with the traditional plaster method usually need to be modified before the optimal correction is reached. With the SimBrace® method, this correction is determined beforehand and built right into the orthosis! Thus, only minimal fine-tuning is required for fitting.

Last but not least, the wearing comfort of the orthoses has improved considerably thanks to the SimBrace® process.

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