From Podalic Biomechanics to 3D Printing

Custom orthopedic shoes

Custom orthopedic shoes are orthotic devices for rehabilitation and treatment of foot pathological states. The production of orthopedic shoes has always been entrusted to the Orthopaedic Technician for the measures and to the Shoemaker for the realization, as per tradition.

The first step is to study the foot, with marks and measurements. In a simple case a wooden or synthetic shape, prefabricated and adapted to the measurements taken, is enough to get the job done. In the most complex cases, due to significant deformities, a plaster mold of the foot is made, so obtained, still raw, is then worked according to the principles of orthopedics and the technique to make the shoes.

Ortopedia Bennica Marasco

Over time, the techniques have been perfected and today we can obtain shoes that are effective and precisely tailored to the needs of the patient, with an exponential innovation in the diagnosis and care of the foot.

The 3D printing builds a new standard

Today, thanks to 3D printing, we can set a new standard in the production of orthopedic and custom shoes.

3D printing in the production of orthopedic and custom shoes.

With the 3D scanner, the digital shape of the foot is captured in a few moments and precisely. Specific software for medical devices processes the data in order to design the exact shape, based on the foot of the patient and the model chosen.Once the shape is digitally designed, it is sent to the 3D printer, in this case the Delta WASP 4070 INDUSTRIAL 4.0 and with a good PLA the customized shape will be ready in a few hours

 3D printing production of orthopedic and custom shoes with Delta WASP 4070 INDUSTRIAL 4.0

The benefits of “digital customization”

The shape is “digitally customized” and brings great benefits:

  • Cost-saving not necessary to buy traditional pre-set forms anymore but from time to time ad hoc products are created for each individual customer and that product will have the possibility be modulated later on throughout the patient's life;
  • No warehouse not necessary to keep in store a large number of traditional pre-set shapes
  • Time-saving and cleanliness not necessary to have the chalk cast or change a traditional shape, also eliminating the necessity of hand milling and chalk.

Feet are very important parts of our bodies and taking care of them is essential.

Combining the artisanship of Bennica Marasco Orthopaedics and the technology of 3D Printers Delta WASP has helped improving, reducing and correcting the disorders related to the feet.

When you walk well, you live better.

illuminated 3D printed wall

A 3D printed installation with bioplastics

It is confirmed once again that the WASP HUB network is a winner player for the realization of large format works.

WASP Hub Macerata, Design For Craft and the WASP HUB network have in fact printed 360 elements in wood-filled bioplastic with the 3D printer WASP 3MT HDP.

allestimento stampato in 3d WASP hub Macerata

WASP 3MT HDP is the perfect 3D printer for the digital manufacture of installations and furnishings. Thanks to the pellet technology, therefore and the possibility of printing directly the granule directly, the production costs are lower, and the productivity is higher.

“We designed and produced a small series of support for smartphones that also work as a passive loudspeaker for the Grottini Retail Environments Company. To realize them it was used the same geometry used in the design of the walls of their Agorà exhibition space (at the Euroshop in Düsseldorf) and the same material. The aim is to offer visitors a complete and totally personalized experience”
WASP Hub Macerata - Design For Craft

3d printed installation

The Grottini Company booth at the Euroshop, called Agorà, was designed by an international and multidisciplinary team with the aim of creating a rich and engaging experience, that can involve all the senses, thanks to the co-presence of multimedia technologies who work in a coordinated way with design.

Design for Craft (WASP Hub Macerata) supplied the panels that make up the perimeter walls of the space, realizing them through digital additive manufacturing powered by PLA pellets.

The design of these elements is the result of a biomimetic design attitude, born from the observation of the "endoskeleton" present in some plants, such as cacti, for example. The fibrous members of the interior of a cactus, in fact, were acquired using a 3D scanner, through a reverse-engineering process, it was translated into an algorithm that describes its morphological genesis using the Grasshopper parametric modeling software.

In this way the software developed different designs by simply varying some of the algorithm inputs: in that way it was possible to design 6 variants generated by the same original model to obtain a variability of design on the entire surface to be managed, about 190 square meters.

parete allestimento stampato in 3d WASP hub Macerata

The production of the 360 panels took place thanks to a large 3D printer: WASP 3MT HDP.

The material used is a PLA and wood powder bioplastic; these, besides having characteristics of biodegradability, have given the produced elements a natural-looking finish reminiscent of natural wood.

allestimento stampato in 3d WASP hub Macerata - parete esterna

The final appearance of the walls is particularly scenographic: the variability along the vertical direction it’s a sort of shrinking wave, the visual transparency between inside and outside gives dynamism to the entire surface.

Project and images: Design For Craft

Large scale 3D printer

Stampante 3d

WASP 3MT HDP is the 3D printer designed for massive prints. With the technology High Definition Pellet, you can print Pellet material fastly and precisely. Pellet granules are 10x cheaper than filaments and they reduce the printing time. In plus, you can print 24/7 thanks to the Continuous Feeding System.