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3D Printing Revolutionizes Medical Orthoses: High-Precision Customization with Linear Guides

  • Hochschule Trier and Igus are enabling the direct production of personalized orthoses using 3D printing technology in hospitals with their innovative solution.

  • Thanks to precise measurement and high-quality Igus linear guides, the orthoses are individually tailored and offer high wearing comfort.


Personalized Orthoses at the Push of a Button: Hochschule Trier and Igus Embrace 3D Printing Technology.

The collaboration between Hochschule Trier and Igus enables precise customization of orthoses through 3D printing.
The collaboration between Hochschule Trier and Igus enables precise customization of orthoses through 3D printing.

In the future, orthoses for injured fingers are set to be manufactured directly in hospitals via 3D printing, thanks to an innovative solution developed by Hochschule Trier, utilizing Igus miniature linear guides.

Deep cuts often require a splint for better healing, yet conventional orthoses are often available in standard sizes that do not fit many patients. Therefore, students from the main campus of the Hochschule Trier are working on a system that produces customized orthoses on-site using a 3D printer, without long waiting times. They are supported in this endeavor by Igus, a leading manufacturer of precise injection-molded parts made from technical plastics.

The students have developed a measuring platform with sliders that capture the exact dimensions of the finger, similar to a foot length measurer in a shoe store. Based on these data, an individual 3D model of the orthosis is created and then printed with a 3D printer.

Igus linear guides play a crucial role in the precise measurement of the fingers. They enable the easy realization of the guides for the measuring platform and ensure smooth, friction-free operation. Thanks to their lubrication-free design, the miniature linear guides work precisely, smoothly, and hygienically for many years.


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