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ActivArmorTM wants to decentralize production and provide a full 3D printing package to hospitals and orthopaedic clinics for in-house and on-demand production

Biomedical technology company ActivArmorTM expands its distribution model to bring their hygienic, waterproof plastic custom cast fabrication directly into hospitals and clinics across the country. This distribution is made possible through partnerships with Fusion3, Create it REAL and a recently signed partnership with Twikita software company that enables organizations to digitally manufacture individualized products on-demand at a large scale.

ActivArmor explains that its 3D printed sanitizable casts are entirely custom – precisely fitting to each patient using a body scan, designed per the doctor’s prescription. The fabrication gives the ability to expose post-surgical hardware or incisions, and adaptable for use with ultrasound and other advanced technologies.

Doctors and therapists prescribe ActivArmor orthoses for injuries such as breaks, sprains, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Charcot Foot through their website and in top orthopedic clinics across the country. These clinics include St. Luke’s Medical Center, Colorado Institute of Sports Medicine, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, Alpine Orthopedics, iOrtho, Central Indiana Orthopedics, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute, to name a few.

The collaboration with Twikit enables to automate the custom cast design process, providing physicians with a user-friendly graphical design platform as part of a 3D printing package to hospitals and orthopedic clinics for in-house, on-demand fabrication. The package will allow patients to be scanned, the physician to custom-design the cast; and print-it on site in a few hours.

3D print slicing company Create it REAL will provide automated slicing, customized for ActivArmor’s products.

On the other hand, it should be noted that ActivArmor and Fusion3’s partnership began in 2016, and in that time, Fusion3’s 3D printers have provided a majority of ActivArmor’s in-house production capability. The announcement follows the recent launch of EDGE, Fusion3’s second 3D printer.

With this new phase of expansion, ActivArmor seeks to decentralize production and offer a complete in-house, on-demand 3D fabrication capability to hospitals and orthopedic clinics. A new integrated package of hardware and software, including Fusion3’s EDGE 3D printer, enables a physician to scan a patient’s injury, custom-design the cast, and print it on-site in a matter of hours for quick application to the patient.

For Diana Hall, CEO of ActivArmor, fracture care clinics do not only require reliable, integrated software solutions to fabricate medical devices in-house quickly, the casts should be protective, strong, and safe – and these are requirements that Twikit and Fusion3 have been able to meet.

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