Extol has been awarded as a finalist for the Cool Parts Showcase by Additive Manufacturing Magazine for the Fited 3D printed scoliosis brace. The scoliosis brace is being developed by Fited and manufactured by Extol for mass customization.
Fited’s digital algorithmic technology transforms a digital scan of a patient into a customized scoliosis brace design. The design is then 3D printed by Extol using HP MJF 3D printing and assembled using ultrasonic welding.
While 3D printing is commonly used to combine parts, here the brace was split into more pieces to save cost and allow more braces to be packed into each Multi Jet Fusion build. Ultrasonic welding combines the lightweight polypropylene pieces in a semi-automated assembly process. The combination of 3D printing with traditional welding and assembly methods creates many possibilities to unlock future applications.
The devices are currently being tested for usability and functionality with clinicians and patients.
Kyle leads Extol's Additive Manufacturing Business Unit and is a member of Extol's Leadership Group. He helps forward-thinking companies create value with Additive Manufacturing by pursuing innovation through the lens of Human Centered Design and Agile Product Development.