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Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Woodburn, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Woodburn

    Woodburn Active Member

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    Dear colleagues,
    I'd like to bring the A-FOOTPRINT project to the attention of the Podiatry Arena community.
    A-FOOTPRINT is a 4 year project funded under the 7th Framework Programme in the Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies Cooperation Work Programme and has an overall budget of €5.3M. The consortium comprises 12 partners across 7 European countries. The project is organised as nine integrated work packages which will develop new patient information systems to enable more effective intelligent diagnostics and prescribing protocols for personalised orthoses. Computer-aided design software linked to biomechanical/gait optimisation routines will enable clinicians and technicians to design highly personalised orthoses. Innovative manufacturing lies at the hearst of the project, exploiting the capabilities of layer/additive manufacturing techniques to enable new orthotic products to be developed. The research and technology developments within A-FOOTPRINT will be combined in a fully integrated system with the production of prototype devices demonstrated within a SME pilot factory.
    Full information can be found at:


    Very best wishes
    Prof. Jim Woodburn

    The project is funded under FP7 Cooperation Work Programme: Theme 4- Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies (grant agreement NMP2-SE-2009-228893)
  2. 3d printing. I have a four question sentence: Yeah? and? so? what?

    It's got great potential, but in order to get the material characteristics I want, its too slow and/ or too expensive at the moment. Which is why Reprap is something I hold dear: http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page

    FEA foot models + FEA orthotic models, now that's the way forward. I got the orthotic models for designs that could only really be manufactured using additive technology, but I can't do the subject specific FEA foot models so have had to artificially load the orthotic models.

    Anyway, what do I know, I'm just a shamopodist working in the quite corner of the UK, who's been redesigning foot orthosis in light of 3d printing for the last 4 years in between cutting toe-nails.

    My work is all self-funded.

    P.S. your link above is broken.
  3. Woodburn

    Woodburn Active Member

    Dear colleagues,
    Apologies, the correct link for the project is:


    In response to the previous post well done on your endeavors. Our approach is to tackle this through a well funded project with an interdisciplinary team of researchers. As you will see from the participant list we have expertise in manufacturing, CAD-CAM, and human modeling driving a committed group of orthotic SMEs.
    Best wishes
    Jim woodburn
  4. No worries. If you or your "experts" want any advice, feel free to ask.
  5. Admin2

    Admin2 Administrator Staff Member

    Press Release:
    A-footprint devices in Science Museum's '3D: Printing the Future' exhibition
    A-footprint devices in Science Museum

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