The Impulso Phase II project, in which ARSOFT collaborates, has come to an end. On April 19, 2023, a conference was held in which each partner presented the results obtained. ARSOFT was represented by its CEO, Santiago González, who explained the work that the company has carried out in this project.
ARSOFT has been in charge of developing a simulator that allows medical professionals to incorporate personalized prostheses to patients and work with a 3D vision of their CT automatically segmented by the system. This process is achieved thanks to the application of 3D printing and material processing technologies carried out by the project's industrial partners and the use of extended reality by ARSOFT.
In this context, ARSOFT's mission has been to introduce the visualization and placement of an implant in 3D using Virtual Reality. This is a solution designed for the study of medical images using XR technologies (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality). In this way, through the segmentation and automatic generation of the models, it helps medical professionals to study and manipulate the 3D model of the organs to be operated on, thus increasing the surgeon's precision and safety.
In this way, product customization is achieved and, as a consequence, an improvement in the quality of life of people, since these technologies allow the surgeon to simulate in a virtual environment the adaptation of the implant to the patient's bone structure.
Moreover, the costs involved in these implants would be reduced, as would the time required by professionals to prepare for this process.
The project started in August 2022. During all these months, the partners of the consortium have investigated the applicability and advantages of the use of metal additive manufacturing (SLM technology) in the medical sector through the customized fabrication of grade 5 titanium (Ti6Al4v) lumbar implants using Lattice design techniques and porous structures.
The objective of this second phase of the Impulso project has been to improve the traditional medical implants on the market by using additive manufacturing technology, visualization of the implant prior to the operation through Virtual Reality, and lattice design in the production chain of medical implants.
This project has received a grant from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism within the program for Innovative Business Groupings (AEI) and is part of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan through the European Union's Next Generation EU funds.
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