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Fracture analysis of the battery cans for Implantable Pulse Generators

The stresses in a battery housing used in Implantable Pulse Generators (IPGs), also known as pacemakers, were investigated using Abaqus/Standard. There were three levels of analysis: the global level, the three-dimensional submodel level and the plane strain submodel level. The output of the global analysis was fed into the three-dimensional submodel analysis and subsequently the output of the three-dimensional submodel analysis was fed into the plane strain submodel analysis.

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FEA of Prosthetic Lens Insertion During Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is the most common surgery in America today. Modern surgeries require the opacified crystalline lens to be removed and for a prosthetic lens to be inserted through a suture-less incision during a 5-10 minute outpatient procedure. The industry is driving for smaller incisions by redesigning the lens and insertion device geometry in addition to new materials. Typical lens dimensions are 6mm diameter with a center thickness of 1mm which is inserted through a 2.8mm incision. For the insertion the lens is folded and elongates while advancing down a tapering tube.

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FEA of a proximal humerus fracture with a fixation plate

The fracture of the proximal humerus is the second most common injury to the upper extremity. In severe fractures, surgery may be necessary which can be in the form of a locking plate holding the bones in place. This study examines the effect of including a bonegraft alongside the locking plate. ScanIP and +ScanCAD (Simpleware Ltd) were used to segment the proximal humerus from a CT scan, and to introduce CAD data of the fixation plate and bonegraft.

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Fatigue Life Estimation of Nitinol Medical Devices

Stents have been used in the treatment of coronary artery disease for decades, and their use in the peripheral arterial vasculature is growing rapidly. Mechanical loads imposed on peripheral stents may include loads due to arterial pulsation, axial compression, bending and torsion. These stents are most often manufactured using nitinol, a nickel-titanium alloy that exhibits unique shape memory and superelastic characteristics. Finite element analysis can be a powerful tool in designing medical devices to withstand such a rigorous loading environment.

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Design optimization in vibro-acoustic design of hearing instruments

In the design of hearing instruments it is important to achieve as high gain as possible
without causing oscillation in the device, due to feedback between the microphones and the

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Ceramic Total Hip Liner Fracture Modeling in Abaqus using co-Simulation and Extended Finite Element Modeling

Due to concerns over particle generation in conventional metal-on-polyethylene hip bearings used in total hip arthroplasty (THA), interest in advanced low-wear bearing alternatives such as ceramic-on-ceramic (CoC) couples has reemerged. While ceramics demonstrate excellent

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Bone Remodeling Response During Mastication on Free-End Removable Prosthesis – a 3D Finite Element Analysis

An understanding of functional responses in oral bone is a crucial component of dental biomechanics. The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of an osseointegrated implant as support for a free-end removable partial denture (RPD) on the potential biological remodelling response during mastication. A three-dimensional (3D) finite element analysis (FEA) was performed to determine the biomechanical responses to masticatory loading in the posterior mandible.

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Biomechanical study of a drop foot brace

A person specific drop foot brace was simulated in the commercial finite element code Abaqus.The geometry was imported from a 3D optical scan of the actual surface and modeled as a composite material layup defined in a local discrete material coordinate system. The finite
element model was used in order to model the stance phase in a normal walking. The material
choice is a challenging task giving flexibility to the brace together with sufficiently stiffness and
fatigue strength. The simulation has been compared with measurements from a strain gauge
mounted foot brace tested in use. Based on simulations, a large number of expensive trial and

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Advanced Material Modeling in a Virtual Biomechanical Knee

For clinicians and medical device manufacturers, in-vitro and in-vivo testing of the knee are important methods for evaluating treatment techniques. However, numerical models that can provide much of the same information will become of more service and are a new focus of the modeling community. A continued effort has centered on specimen-specific anatomical and functional models, in terms of both geometry and mechanical properties of the tissue constituents.

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Achieving a more Accurate Prediction of a Polymer Snap Deformation Pattern

A variety of polymers are used extensively for both medical applications and consumer products. Most of these polymers exhibit time-dependant behavior which varies significantly with environmental conditions. Injection molding technologies generally offer application design freedom and options for several functions build into each component. Meanwhile analysts are often faced with the difficulties of predicting the response of the final product.

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3D Numerical Analysis of an ACL Reconstructed Knee

Numerical methods applicable to the tibia bone and soft tissue biomechanics of an ACL reconstructed knee are presented in this paper. The aim is to achieve a better understanding  of the mechanics of an ACL reconstructed knee. The paper describes the methodology applied in the development of an anatomically detailed three-dimensional ACL reconstructed knee model for finite element analysis from medical image data obtained from a CT scan. Density segmentation techniques are used to geometrically define the knee bone structure and the encapsulated soft tissues configuration.

Mimics User Community online now!

Leuven, June 9. Materialise releases the Mimimcs User Community; after the Mimics Innovation Awards, the Medical Innovation Conference and the Innovation Courses, yet another initiative to stimulate biomedical R&D, offering an online platform to bring their users together.
It includes among others:
- Tips&Tricks
- Discussion forum
- Tutorials
- Career section
- ...

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Medical Innovations Conference 2008

Materialise introduces the Medical Innovations Conference 2008 in Vienna, Austria. Get inspired by the talents of Mozart, Strauss and Von Beethoven and join the experts to guide you through the infinite possibilities Materialise Medical can offer you in medical image processing and surgery planning.

Mimics 11.1 released!

Leuven, November 19, 2007. Materialise
launches Mimics 11.1, the new release of the company’s medical imaging and
editing software. This new release builds on the last one, enhancing export to
FEA even more. Overall usability and performance were improved with some very
nice new features. Take a look at our website for more information.


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orthopedical implant production method


I would like to learn the most suitable way to produce a titanium implate plate (with press, milling machine, cnc...)

The picture of the material that i would like to produce is attached,

if anyone should advice me about that, i will be so grateful.

best wishes,

adem atmaca

Mimics 11 released!

June 14, 2007, Materialise released a new and improved version
of its image processing software Mimics. It will again raise the bar in image
processing and editing based on stacked data such as CT and MRI. Continuous
development and support have resulted in the release of Mimics 11.

Mimics Innovation Awards 2007 Winners Announced!

June 1st  2007, Materialise announced the winners of the Mimics Innovation Awards 2007 at the International Mimics User Group Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

We congratulate:


  • Category 1: Innovative implant design system & the development of innovative medical procedures.

Vos W. – University Hospital Antwerp, Belgium


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