3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) said that two of its Bespoke design applications have been awarded by the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards from the IDSA and Core77.
Both the 3D printed personal Ekso robotic exoskeleton and Bespoke braces for hand and wrist were recognized, with the Ekso being awarded Bronze in the Social Impact category.
Bespoke Braces for hand and wrist, currently in its pilot phase, is a first-of-its-kind medical solution to scan, design, and print custom hand and wrist braces. In the Bespoke Braces process, a patient´s arm is scanned and data is transmitted to cloud-based servers where a brace design, customized by the patient and clinician, is created to match the shape of the patient´s individual anatomy. Each brace is then 3D printed using 3DS´ selective laser sintering (SLS) technology for optimal comfort, flexibility and durability. The Bespoke Braces system is comprised of an arm scanner, an iPad app, cloud software, a network of 3D printers, and four revolutionary arm brace designs. This service has recently been expanded to include custom scoliosis braces for children and young adults.
The robotic exoskeleton announced by 3DS in February 2014 is the first-ever 3D printed hybrid robotic exoskeleton robotic suit, created in collaboration with Ekso Bionics. To create a perfect fit, engineers scan the contours of the patient to create a personalized three-dimensional base to form the shape of the required assemblies. Sophisticated mechanical actuators and controls, manufactured and provided by Ekso Bionics, can then be integrated integrated with the more fluid components that were 3D printed from the customized scans to create a Bespoke suit.
3D Systems is a provider of 3D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike in materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. Its website is at www.3DSystems.com.