Woburn, Massachusetts -- Kallisto, a provider of 3D technologies and rapid prototyping and manufacturing solutions to the orthotics and prosthetics industry, is showcasing a major new version of SansAble's Technologies Inc.'s Byosys solution at the Orthopädie + Reha-Technik show, which opened in Leipzig, Germany 12 May.
Byosys 2.0 is based on custom design software developed by SensAble and integrated by Kallisto, along with a SensAble Phantom haptic device. This creates "a total solution for creating custom orthotics and prosthetics," said SensAble. The software is used to develop O&Ps for upper and lower limbs to treat conditions ranging from scoliosis to severe foot deformities, the company said.
"O&P is a field where practitioners still create the majority of orthotics by hand, using carving and sculpting methods invented during the [American] Civil War," said a SansAble announcement.
With Byosys Version 2.0, SensAble claims, "O&P professionals can more easily create customised corrective devices that maximise their patients' comfort-- with digital precision for optimal fit and efficient, time-saving design and carving."
SensAble Technologies claims to be the leading developer of 3D touch-enabled (force feedback) solutions and technology. These allow users to not only see and hear an on-screen computer application, but to "feel" it. Haptic technology is used in applicationsranging from designing toys and footwear, to surgical simulation,stroke rehabilitation and dental restorations.
First generation Byosys SW required a scan of the patient's anatomy. The new version incorporates templates that allow practitioners to exploit all the advantages of digital design, without needing to use a hand-held scanner as a source for patient measurements. Smaller O&P facilities gain an affordable, entry-level digital pathway for designing custom orthotic and prosthetic devices. All Byosys users can either outsource production, or use in-house foam carvers or other fabrication equipment.
In Europe, the market for orthopaedic support devices alone is estimated to reach $725 million this year -- dominated by many small shops who cannot afford large equipment. SensAble says Kallisto's Byosys 2.0 allows any O&P practice to automate and streamline its processes.
"It is an easy-to-use, intuitive approach that can eliminate many weeks of delay from an initial patient meeting to the delivery of a final, wearable device," the company claims.
"By utilising technology, clinicians will not only be able to produce more accurate prosthetics in less time, but also be able to easily manipulate the digital files to modify the prosthetic designs as the patient progresses," said Pascal Erschler, ceo of Kallisto.
"We've seen instances where our Byosys system has shortened the time of delivery of a scoliosis brace by 2 full weeks - and allowed the scan, design and manufacture of a final foam model in about 1 hour instead of 6 hours spread over several days."