Boundless Bracing Inc., embarked on a new venture over the past months that involved our participation in a two month student internship with students from the Bioengineering program at the University of California, Berkeley. The project assigned for the internship was the investigation of the application of 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing to the production of custom Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs). This project also included the digital processes of 3D scanning and model rectification/modification as a precursor to the 3D Printing of various AFO prototypes.
We welcomed Sarah Ogden and Andre Mangulabnan (see photos below) to join us for this project during July and August, 2016. These two highly engaged and talented students were given the task to work between Boundless Bracing and our colleagues at the University of Toronto's Semaphore Lab to meet the projects objective of investigating the process of generating AFOs from various scanned images of patient models and producing various AFO prototypes. With the support of the multitude professionals involved, Sarah and Andre were given the freedom to work through the issues of accomplishing this objective and at the same time identify the main issues and barriers they confronted in trying to achieve optimal results.
Over the two months Sarah and Andre were with us, many challenges were identified and confronted. This provided for an enriched learning experience for all involved. Upon ending their internship, they presented a synopsis of the project which shed light on all aspects of the initiative at this early stage of this emerging technology. The students will submit a final research paper in conjunction with their presentation which we plan to disseminate and publish. We are working on the next phase of the project.
In the end, this was a great experience for all involved and we would like to thank both Sarah and Andre for making the leap from the west coast to join us for the project. In addition, we would like to send a note of thanks to our colleagues at the University of Toronto's Semaphore Lab and Nia Technologies for supporting this project. A special thanks goes to Matt Ratto for his interest when the student internship was initially proposed and his collaboration throughout.