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SAPHTEN

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A flexible, easy to assemble 3D printed orthosis that adapts to the patient’s needs

Saphten is an innovative, dynamic, self-adjusting anti-spastic orthosis. It is manufactured through 3D printing using recycled plastics, and allows flexion and extension without having to use a complex mechanism with many parts. This is a major advance on the current dynamic orthoses which are made up of many parts and a wide variety of materials. The patient can wear a Saphten orthosis for longer periods of time, because he can adjust the tension according to their needs, therefore their recovery rate will be improved.

Diego Acosta Vidal

  • Diego Acosta Vidal

    Diego Acosta Vidal

    IED – Istituto Europeo di Design (Madrid)

    I am a Physiotherapist and Industrial Designer, an unusual combination of disciplines that made me focus on a very specific branch of design; the development of medical devices. I have worked with many patients who suffered from neurological diseases, that experience was what inspired and motivated me to work on these types of products. I try to work through a systematic innovation process, paying special attention to the needs of the patient and in order to fully understand the problem, I seek to generate a value impact on conventional methods and the user experience.more

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