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Cool Website on 3D Printing: The Future is Here!

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Kevin Kirby, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. Admin2

    Admin2 Administrator Staff Member

  2. javier

    javier Senior Member

    Re: Cool Websites on 3D Printing: The Future is Here!

    Or you can build a 3D printer yourself: RepRap Project

    How to do it: Building Your Own 3D Printer
  3. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    I've been interested in this technology for a while... sure is exciting technology for potential in-house orthotic fabrication. Did start this thread back in 2010 - "MakerBot - could this be the future for orthotics". There was some concern raised in that thread regarding the likes of cost & fabrication speed of the technology. As expected both these areas have improved dramatically (& will continue to do so). The cost of 3D printer systems are dropping (you can make the likes of i.e. a MakerBot or buy a desktop model for around $2000).

    As for the 3D scanners, these are dropping as well; there is even an iPhone app - "Moedls" selling for about $300 (not sure how effective this would be for our purpose - foot scanning).

    Anyhow, there are no doubt other products which could be better/cheaper (I haven't kept up to date lately), with only more choices available for the future... for the potential for orthotic fabrication occupying a relatively small space in one's clinic.

    The thought of having full control of my orthotic prescriptions with the exact intentions (as envisaged via the patient assessment) conveyed in the orthotic as well as the potential to experiment with correction/contour/shape ideas is really appealing to me.

    Nike have recently got involved with the technology - Nike Debuts First 3D-Printed Football Cleat ... of which should somewhat resemble the attributes required for effective orthotic characteristics (i.e. weight, strength, flexibility).
  4. javier

    javier Senior Member

  5. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    Thanks 'javier' for posting that link. When I get some time I'll look into the links.

    I thought I'll add that post of yours in this thread (if that's OK) so as to keep the info at hand in this thread...

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  6. One shouldn't be surprised that humans will find a way to exploit an exciting advance in technology for nefarious means..


  7. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    Yes, too right Mark - it is a real shame (I myself been working on a time machine but been scared of it getting into the wrong hands ;)). BTW, that Cody Wilson guy sounds like a real pin head! :bash::bang: (putting it politely) Is there any guesses where his senseless direction/actions can potentially take some warped minds within our society in the future...
    How to make bombs on the internet - next - make your own 3D-printable guns (yes, there are YouTube videos on this!) What for? To enable an indiscriminate avenue for harming & killing for those imbeciles with an intent/desire to do so! What's this world coming to (& please, no NRA apologist propaganda rebuking my opinion).

    Thanks for the word... "nefarious"... added it to my vocabulary ;).

    ... on a far more positive & uplifting note relating for 3D printing (not to mention some very cool science/medicine) - this breaking news...

    3D Printed Organs Not Far Away
    The University of Wollongong
    Monday, 06 May 2013

    Hey!... we just may need the likes of 3D printed organs more so... if 3D printed guns are going to take hold & fire.
  8. javier

    javier Senior Member

    3D printers are improving every day; although all technology has its own dark side.

    A new tech has been introduced on this market: 3D Printer RepRap 2/3 way extruder.
    It opens a very interesting way for us, as podiatrists: the possibility to print 2 or 3 different densities foot orthotics.

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  9. A time machine - now there's somethingquitepossible. I wonder when you would travel to, Ben, and what might you discover - huh?!
  10. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    One of my friends has printed a copy of his wife's foot recently, l will see if l can get a pic to put up, just what every lady needs an extra pair of feet for more shoes.

    Mark, BEN HUR's second trip will be here in the next 5 min to tell us what he has found.....
    4 minuets and 30 seconds to go......
  11. David

    He probably did just that a few years ago but in my advanced state of decline, I've likely forgotten what he said already. The future of humanity doomed by dementia yet again.
  12. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    I sense you may be alluding to something... a particular era in history past. Now I need to be careful how I respond to these questions...

    ... as well as the timing of my posts :rolleyes:.

    Mark, possibly your assumption is correct in that my experiences have reflected my post content... maybe a certain metaphysics related thread we have both engaged in... in the not too distant past ;) [hint: Johanson's Lucy was in the sky of diamonds... with the ancestral relevancy more associated to Beatles & LSD]

    Anyways... getting back to the ever increasing coolness of 3D Printing. Here is a video associated with the previous "3D Printed Organs Not Far Away" link - http://pda.sciencealert.com.au/news/20130605-24336.html...

    More videos related to 3D Printing body parts...

    - Printed body parts could change the shape of medicine:

    - 3D printer makes live body parts:
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  13. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    Duck gets prosthetic foot made by 3D printer:

    Lead up story...

    Follow up story...

    Duck gets prosthetic foot made by 3D printer: [Australian Nine MSN website]

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  14. kegans

    kegans Welcome New Poster

    Hey all,

    So we're doing this and you all are right.

    Yes 3D printing is the future of orthotics. Yes there is a huge difference between consumer grade 3D printing and industrial grade 3D printing. Yes scanning technology has improved considerable and is not far off.

    We're developing a tablet based 3D scanner specifically for feet that talks to our software to generate completely customized 3D printed orthotics.

    We are looking for product feedback, beta testers and early adopters for our staged roll out. Let me know if you're interested and let's get a discussion going.
  15. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    Have added info to the "MakerBot thread" which also is associated with this one (3D Printing).


    Keeping in line with the company "MakerBot", the following will soon be released (around mid October '13). Along with their 3D desktop printer (which has been developed further since the start of the above cited thread), MakerBot will soon have a 3D desktop scanner - known as: MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner...

    Reports have stated costing around $1400 - $1550... more info: here & here.

    Whilst the scanner doesn't look foot friendly... there could well be options in the future... an exciting future within this field (& thus for Podiatry/Orthotic Therapy).
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  16. javier

    javier Senior Member

    I attach a video from my own 3D printer, printing a foot skeleton. My 3D printer has been developed by the School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona (ETSEIB) and I complete a 1 week workshop to learn about its mechanics, assembling and operating. I am struggling now to manufacture a functional (and useful) foot orthotics. I have to say that without a mechanical or engineering background, 3D printers are difficult to operate.

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  17. javier

    javier Senior Member

    First 3D printing tests using my own reprap 3D printer and open source software. Result is more an arch support than a functional foot orthotics, but it is just the beginning. There is along road ahead.

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  18. Nice work Javier, I'm going to get myself a reprap for christmas so will be coming to you for advice. Keep posting your progress.:drinks

    Is anyone using this: http://www.faro.com/scenect/ I know Robeer was thinking of taking a look at it.
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  19. javier

    javier Senior Member

    I have tried almost all 3D scanning software for depth sensors, including Scenect, but at the end I paid 99 EUR for Skanect ( http://skanect.manctl.com/). It is quick, reliable and no learning curve. Here is a video I uploaded scanning a foot model. I takes only 43 second using Skanect.

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  20. And do you use the microsoft kinect or Asus xtion?
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  21. javier

    javier Senior Member

    Asus Xtion Pro Live
  22. javier

    javier Senior Member

  23. daveeardley

    daveeardley Member

  24. CraigT

    CraigT Well-Known Member

    Pretty cool!
    So how long is the design and manufacturing process taking?? (if you don't mind sharing this info?)
    What sort of $$$ are we talking for a SLS machine???
  25. daveeardley

    daveeardley Member

    H Craig, I am sure I saw you talk at the socap conference, or summer school.
    . The additive manufacturing part takes between 8 and our longest recent build of 72 hours. It depends on how many parts are loaded into the build. Of course before that is the two stage software design process. Suffice to say that we have been two years in development. I am delighted with the orthoses we have now though and they are very tough and stable, i've autoclaved them, ran over them, stamped on them and have been tested through over 3million compression cycles at the Local Newcastle university. Work goes on.

    The machine cost I dont know. Ours is this one http://www.peacocks.net/orthotics-services-custom-insoles/research-and-development
    Thanks David Eardley
  26. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    3D Printing looks to be getting more advanced going by the following 3D printed shoe samples...

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  27. Scotty

    Scotty Welcome New Poster

    Hi all

    3D printed (or additive manufactured) FFO's can now be created from scans/casts/impressions and also .stl files. It is certainly possible to model your own designs and send the digital files electronically for manufacture. This is part of the Podfo project.
    Variable zones of compliance within the FFO are also possible. One of the challenges has also been the selection of the correct material for manufacture, which has now been successfully addressed.
    Hope this helps
  28. javier

    javier Senior Member

    Nylon foot orthotics printing test using my own reprap 3D printer and open source software.

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  29. NewsBot

    NewsBot The Admin that posts the news.

    Press Release:
    3-D Printing and Additive Manufacturing: Preview issue of groundbreaking peer-reviewed journal now available
  30. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    A new 3D printer looks to be coming onto the market later this year... called the Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer...

    Ekocycle 3D printer uses recycled plastic bottles as component in filament cartridges:

    I've said this before, 3D printing is looking attractive on so many levels i.e. independence, creativity, environmentally... & podiatricly (i.e. in-clinic orthotic fabrication [along with established digital modelling]). The future in this area is continually looking exciting!
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  31. 3D Orthotics

    3D Orthotics Member

    Hi all just saw this thread, I'm a podiatrist in Brisbane Australia and i have been using 3D printed orthotics in my clinics for almost 2 years now. My engineering mates and I have been working on refining the process and now i think we have it pretty much perfect.

    like most of you in the thread i believe it will be the only way orthotics will be made before long.

    With the quality of scanners available and the accuracy of 3d printing it means that you don't get lab error.

    As for cost our lab fees are about $150-$180 per pair

    Hope this helps
  32. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    Dog gets 3D printed legs (& I suppose feet of sorts)... & is now very happy :D

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  33. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    More medical marvels pertaining to the technology of 3D Printing:
    3-D Printed Splints Help Infants With Airway Disorder -U.S. Researchers (Medscape link)...

    Now that's cool science... :cool:

    Hmmm... the future... a type of Internal Orthotic Prosthesis???
  34. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    3-D printed guide helps regrow complex nerves after injury...

  35. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    More "cool" 3D printing tech...

    Open Bionics 3D Printed robotic hands dramatically reduces the cost of robotic prosthetics by 3D printing them i.e. previously costing between $50 000 to $100 000... now potentially down to about $3000 (according to views expressed in following video):

    Very interesting future... as well as life changing for many.
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  36. BEN-HUR

    BEN-HUR Well-Known Member

    The World's First 3D Printed, Recyclable Surfboard
    (http://magicseaweed.com/news/the-worlds-first-3d-printed-recyclable-surfboard/10324/?utm_source=vero&utm_medium=email&utm_content=control&utm_campaign=July 06&utm_term=Newsletter&vero_conv=7xdHUQDLB0YVRSpPGLXXhfLUrgt0luZ-g7zgpvRxkgctBWGLsE081Ptfns4yZiyTzQtQKT1pYzyfRI2Em0zBKvPkQiTZ1OuG)

    The "Dolphin Board of Awesome"...

    "A global collaboration of scientists, engineers and talented designers have taken a leap towards truly sustainable surfboard construction, with the first 3D printed, compostable and recyclable board – built using algae and eco-friendly bio-resins.

    The team behind the board dubbed it the "Dolphin Board of Awesome". Zach Ostroff, who's involved with the project, told MSW: "This is the very first 3D printed, compostable, recyclable surfboard ever made.

    "The material we used for the green sections of the board are derived from algae in lakes in the middle of the United States of America where it's invasive and it's sucking oxygen out of the lakes and killing life. There's a company we work with who have figured out a way to collect that algae and turn it into a 3D printing ink.

    "Then the other section is derived from plastic water bottles. Nate Petre who's the 3D printing genius behind making this whole board has a lab partner where he works in London and figured out a way to make the 3D printing ink out of those recycled plastic bottles."

    Board facts:

    - Entropy Resins Super Sap glass top
    - Algae ink (not completely hydrophobic, which is why resin is used)
    - Printed in 14 pieces
    - Transparent bottom for visibility
    - Compostable Redwood Fins foiled by Ventana Surf/Martijn Stiphou
    - 3D printing allows for infinite design possibilities; dialling density, flex and biomimetics


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