ArborThotics

Team:

Dom Parise, CoE, Computer Science, BSE 2015

Brett Jia, Ross & CoE, Business Administration & Computer Science, BBA/BS 2017

Eric Pfeiffer, SI & SPH, Health Informatics, MHI 2017

Ben Rathi, Ross & CS, Strategy/Finance & ML, BBA/BS 2017

 

Industry: Orthotic Devices, 3D Scanning & Printing


Problem: Orthotics is a specialty within the medical field concerned with the design, manufacture and application of orthoses. An orthosis (plural: orthoses) is “an externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system”. Today, the most common method for manufacturing custom orthotic devices requires plaster molding followed by a lengthy heat treatment process, which typically has patients waiting 2-4 weeks between an initial clinic visit and final fitting of the device.

Solution: ArborThotics enables a new process to manufacture custom orthotic devices by connecting orthotists with 3D scanning & printing through the cloud. Born out of a research project aiming to realize same-day or next-day orthotics treatment, our proprietary algorithms generate 3D printable CAD models of custom orthotic devices based on data from FDA approved 3D surface scanners.