Delcam aids medical CADCAM pioneers in Russia
One of the first medical organisations in Russia to realise the potential benefits of Delcam’s CADCAM technologies was the Saint Petersburg Scientific and Practical Center of Medical and Social Expertise, Prosthetics and Rehabilitation of the Disabled. The Center, which is named after G.A. Albrecht of the Federal Agency on Health Care and Social Development, is a federal state institute that undertakes both scientific research and practical developments to tackle the problems of disability and the disabled.
The first contact between Delcam and Albrecht Center came in May 2008 at a conference organised jointly by Delcam’s office in Saint Petersburg and the Saint Petersburg State University of Technology and Design. The conference described the implementation of CAD systems in the development of shoes, orthopaedic appliances and orthotics. The specialists from the Albrecht Center were impressed with the software demonstrations and showed great interest in using the Delcam systems.
Subsequently, Yuliya Golubeva, Head of the Department of Foot, Orthopaedic Footwear and Special Clothing for Disabled People, began working with Delcam’s Saint Petersburg office to develop alternative methods for designing prosthetic and orthopaedic appliances. The first example was a process to create orthopaedic inserts for people missing part of their foot.
The main challenge was the complexity of the surface geometry but, by using PowerSHAPE and CopyCAD, the project was completed quite quickly and easily. The complete 3D model of an orthopaedic insert could be created. This fits the shape of the foot exactly in the contact regions, and allows a patient to wear ordinary shoes with comfort.
Over the following months, a range of projects was completed in association with the Albrecht Center to create a special catalogue of orthopaedic footwear and orthopaedic appliances. This catalogue contains all the information required covering the models available.
The collaboration between the Albrecht Center and Delcam St. Petersburg is now developing still further. The Center is continuing to use the Delcam software products for the design of prosthetic and orthopaedic appliances, while the management is also investigating the possible applications for DentCAD and DentMILL software within the Center
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3D models of various designs of orthopaedic footwear were created for the catalogue using ShoeDesign, a part of the complete Delcam CRISPIN software range for the footwear industry. The benefits of the software were highly appreciated by podiatrists as it allowed them to perform the full range of operations for footwear design and manufacture, from development of an individual last and upper design to nesting and cutting, and managing the manufacturing process.
23 July 2010