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2024 Paralympics: Ottobock digitalizes technical service

24.07.2024

With digitalized workshop processes and 3D printing technologies, Ottobock is setting an example for the future of technical services at major sporting events. The combination of state-of-the-art technology and experienced specialists ensures optimal support for the athletes and thus contributes to the smooth running of the Paralympic Games.
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Create it REAL

Digital transformation without upfront investment: 3D printing as a trailblazer

22.05.2024

The orthopaedic industry is changing. 3D printing enables the production of patient-specific products with complex designs and improved properties. Create it REAL, a leading provider of 3D printing solutions, supports companies in their digital transformation and offers innovative services to take advantage of this technology.
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Opt Lasers / Unsplash

3D printing – the future of assistive device manufacturing?

06.12.2023

It appears to be magic: seemingly out of nowhere, modern 3D printers not only create shapes and figures, but also entire kits for technical devices. The assistive technology industry is recognizing the almost infinite possibilities of 3D printing. From customized prostheses to ergonomic seat cushions – the future of this technology has only just begun.
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Create it REAL

Continuous recycling of 3D-printed orthopedic corsets

27.11.2023

Create it REAL introduces the TRACKY project founded by the DREAM program. The primary goal of TRACKY is to demonstrate the viability of a circular economy business model centered around orthopedic corsets. The project is started and runs until the end of May 2024.
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Orthopaedic assistance thanks to 3D printing

09.10.2023

For some years now, the use of 3D printers has been steadily increasing. The devices offer many possibilities to give free rein to one's own creativity. But in addition to simple gimmicks, the printers can also produce a variety of complex products quickly and reliably. Create it REAL uses the technology for orthopaedic CAM solutions.
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Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Digitalization and robotics: REHACARE has a finger on the pulse

26.06.2023

As a trade fair for rehabilitation and care, REHACARE has been a meeting place for people who work in this specialist field or individuals who themselves have a disability and their relatives for over 40 years. Each come to discover the latest developments and opportunities, for example in the field of aids, training and careers, therapy or travel/leisure.
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Photo: a young woman sits on a sofa wearing VR glasses, she has both hands raised, the left hand is a prosthetic arm; Copyright: envato/StudioVK

envato/StudioVK

Digitization and robotics in the assistive technology industry

26.06.2023

The topics of digitization and robotics are becoming increasingly tangible for us and, in many cases, they enrich our lives. They also offer a great support for people with disabilities. Speech computers can give people without the ability to speak a voice again, apps improve the effectiveness of hearing aids and care robots are already helping within retirement and nursing homes.
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Photo: Young man wearing the transradial prosthesis at the Cybathlon 2023 event; Copyright: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech

A low-cost robotic arm as an alternative to conventional prostheses

30.05.2023

ARM2u is a team of 15 students from BarcelonaTech, developing a customizable robotic arm prosthesis controlled by the user's muscle contractions, with plans to compete in the Cybathlon 2024 event. Their aim is to market a low-cost prosthesis made with 3D printing technology.
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Photo: A gas-brake-slider-orthosis in a car from a cooperation between F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH and rahm Zentrum für Gesundheit GmbH; Copyright: F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH

F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH

Assistive technology industry: working together for more mobility

26.04.2023

Dressing and undressing, getting in and out of a car or bus, reaching for and picking up objects – for people with mobility impairments, even everyday tasks like these can become a challenge and create a barrier. Many assistive technology companies join forces to provide better assistance for people with disabilities. Several REHACARE exhibitors are among this dedicated group of collaborators.
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Image: White 3D-printed insole; Copyright: Marco Binelli / ETH Zurich

Marco Binelli / ETH Zurich

3D-printed insoles measure sole pressure directly in the shoe

03.04.2023

Researchers from ETH Zurich, Empa and EPFL used 3D printing to produce a customised insole with integrated pressure sensors that can measure the pressure on the sole of the foot directly in the shoe during various activities.
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Photo: a child with a blue prosthetic hand on his left arm holds a cell phone with both hands; Copyright: rahm Zentrum für Gesundheit GmbH

rahm Zentrum für Gesundheit GmbH

3D-printed prosthetic devices for children – individualized care yields multiple benefits

03.03.2023

3D printing technology has become an integral part of different sectors, including the assistive technology industry. Especially in orthopedics, the technology has seen increasing use. That’s owing to its many advantages, such as quick production and customization options. 3D printed prosthetics can greatly benefit children who depend on them.
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Photo: a left hand with a pink orthosis unlocks a door; Copyright: rahm Zentrum für Gesundheit GmbH

rahm Zentrum für Gesundheit GmbH

3D printing in orthopedics

03.03.2023

3D printing has become an indispensable tool in many areas, including the assistive technology industry and patient care. Ever-better printers and customization options for articulated support splints or prosthetic devices benefit both care providers and users.
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Ottobock

Ottobock unveils the patient care of the future

22.02.2023

On 20 February, the global healthtech company Ottobock opened the doors to its most state-of-the-art and future-oriented clinic to date. Located in the newly developed Sartorius Quarter in the German city of Göttingen, the clinic will provide care for patients across the country and worldwide.
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Photo: Close-up of a male hand opening a door with an Ottobock door opener from the 3D printer; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Corona pandemic: Companies adapt to meet changes in demand

01.09.2020

The Coronavirus crisis has affected all of us. The pandemic has also left its mark on many REHACARE exhibitors. Several companies have adapted their services and product portfolios in response to a rapidly changing situation. REHACARE.com has taken a closer look at three exhibitors.
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