Olivier De Deken gives an insight into how Twikit uses 3D technology for Orthotics & Prosthetics

Belgian company Twikit that relies on customization to supply its services is active in a wide range of fields such as automotive, jewelry and even the medical industry. As far as the latter market is concerned, it should be noted that digital transformation is crucial for medical professionals, and might remain the holy grail in specific areas such as orthotics and prosthetics (O&P). Olivier De Deken, CTO of Twikit, gives an insight into how Twikit uses of 3D solution for this specific niche market.

Simply put, Twikit connects their software platform to the power of 3D Printing. The first step consists in carrying out a 3D scan in order to obtain the perfect shape and fit of the body part that needs a prosthesis. Thereafter, the cloud software automates the design process and delivers a unique production-ready file. Once the file is ready, Twikit ensures design engineering and integration services.

How do Certified Prosthetists Orthotists work?

Twikit’s CTO explained that Certified Prosthetists Orthotists can create a custom 3D product by using the easy-to-use interface. Once they have chosen the product type, they can upload the 3D scan. “The CPO sets all required parameters (e.g. adaptations of the 3D scan, measurements) and correspondence points on the scan. Based on this information, the product template (e.g. a knee brace) is automatically reshaped to fit the patients scan.” Furthermore, he “can review and order when he is ready. The Twikbot® platform will now create a production-ready-file in the cloud. The production files can be directly connected with the Order Services Module where the parts and parameters are distributed to the internal or external manufacturer.

The integration of automation in Twikit’s solution enables the company to save time when designing or (re)designing a digital model. Furthremore, through this solution, the company is moving forward digitalization by making the file accessible on the cloud for full scalability. Therefore, wherever the CPO is, he can get access to it. Depending on the final goal of the CPO, the next tool will certainly be the additive manufacturing of that digital file.

Even though an awareness campaign still needs to be carried out to foster the adoption of digitalization at all levels, Twikit leads by example by firstly integrating its solution in-house.

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