Versoteq to develop tools for medical 3D printing application

Versoteq, together with Peacocks Medical Group and the University of Newcastle, has been awarded significant funding for developing tailored CAD tools to design innovative foot orthoses using 3D printing technologies.

The optimised foot orthoses project has been commissioned and funded by the National Health Service England through the Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare competition. A total of £1.25 million has been awarded to 14 small businesses working in different healthcare areas. The competition aims to accelerate the development of innovative products and technologies that address unmet health needs.

In this project, Versoteq will deliver tailored computer aided software for the fast customisation of 3D printed foot orthoses. The delivered software solution will be an evolved and specialised version of Versoteq’s core 3D technology and the project’s result would merit Versoteq with its first major medical application.

3D printing offers an unprecedented freedom of design in manufacturing customised medical devices. It also improves efficiency in mass tailoring in a way that several individual components can be produced simultaneously, as in designing foot orthoses.

Foot orthoses are used for treating and preventing many musculoskeletal anomalies and disabilities, for example heel pain, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia or diabetes, improving many people’s quality of life.