Across the human body, the knee is one of the most vulnerable and short-life hinge joints, with an average life expectancy of 50 years. Sichuan Ju An Hui Science and Technology designed a new bionic exoskeleton brace designed to reduce and improve mobility for senior citizens. Equipped with a magnetorheological damper, the BioNEEK from Sichuan Ju An Hui features some clever engineering.
The adjustable hinge on the BioNEEK is beneficial to users with chronic knee problems by preventing hyperextension, expediting rehabilitation and relieving pain. The hinge tracks users’ knee natural movement to maintain support and provide lateral stability to the ligaments whilst moving the joint.
Like with many medical aids, each BioNEEK client has different individual requirements in terms of sizing. Through 3D Printing, Sichuan Ju An Hui was able to provide a customized, fast, durable and reliable product for his clients.
The BioNEEK brace was 3D Printed on the INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO HT in PEEK, an aero-space grade material which exhibits outstanding mechanical properties and durability, essential properties for the BioNEEK. Unlike common engineering materials like ABS and Nylon, PEEK cannot be printed on any regular FDM 3D Printer due to its high demanding printing requirements.
A reliable and PEEK 3D printer like the INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO HT was the perfect solution for Sichuan Ju An Hui, to not only print the large BioNEEK brace in PEEK but with fantastic print quality and dimensional stability. To ensure a comfortable wearing experience, foam padding is added to the brace.
“With the outstanding mechanical strength and stiffness of PEEK coupled with the reliability of INTAMSYS 3D printing solution, Sichuan Ju An Hui is now able to swiftly customize according to customers’ sizes and produce BioNEEK that fit comfortably on the knees of each customer while delivering the industry-leading level of protection, made possible by 3D printed PEEK.” said Charles Han, CEO of INTAMSYS.
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