Newcastle expertise leads research on 3D printing of foot orthotics

Peacocks Medical Group are working with researchers from the University of Newcastle and Glasgow Caledonian University. Pioneering medical products produced using 3D printing techniques are to be developed using North East expertise.

A partnership project involving city centre-based Peacocks Medical Group, the University of Newcastle and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has been awarded £77,000 funding to design and manufacture foot orthotics using the revolutionary printing technology.

Orthotics is the medical field which deals with the design and prescription of orthoses – devices that are worn to assist, prevent or support skeletal and muscular movement.

With Newcastle engineers at the helm, the team will work on the ‘FootFEMan’ project which uses a computational engineering tool called “finite element analysis” to improve the functional design of orthotic devices. … (read more)