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SOLIDWORKS: The Newest Tool in Healthcare?

05 Nov

There's no limit to what SOLIDWORKS innovation can help accomplish, from designing key components to an engine that will move goods across the country to simulating flows and stress points to prevent failures before they even happen. SOLIDWORKS is becoming more and more popular in an industry that's kind of unexpected. Check out some of the projects Tim has done in SOLIDWORKS in his portfolio, including a military-grade dog collar! 

Could you imagine having to be SOLIDWORKS certified to work on an orthopedics unit? What about a cardiac surgeon who consults with a CWSE (certified SOLIDWORKS expert) before repairing an artery? SOLIDWORKS is breaking ground in the medical field, helping to design and model prosthetics, patient profiles, aid in aortic valve repair, change the world when it comes to transplants, and literally make drugs more effective through clinical trials. 

Medidata takes information from patients in clinical trials and weaves it into a digital framework, creating intricate webs between patients and treatments, aligning potential candidates based on biomarkers, and using biomarkers to determine how to make drugs up to 65% more effective. This is something we could all benefit from in the future. 3DEXPERIENCE can also be used to create digital twins of human bodies, meaning we could hypothetically test treatments on someone without actually exposing them to the risks that typically accompany clinical trials. The digital fabric of clinical trials that can be created can also be reused and reanalyzed for other studies without losing the context of the original trial or study, which opens a whole new world of our ability to understand the human body. Check out this article that goes more in detail of what Medidata can do for the future of clinical trials! 

 A Belgian-based company called FEops has created "the first and only patient-specific simulation technology for structural heart interventions..." "...accurately predicting how devices will interact with each unique patient." This is groundbreaking. Think about it, if you needed heart surgery, would you feel better going into it knowing that someone had done an extensive simulation on your heart beforehand, and had accurately predicted how your heart would respond to the device? That is peace of mind that is unheard of for patients, and the program eliminates substantial amounts of risk. FEops also accelerates R&D and clinical trials of cardiac devices, and creates a less invasive environment for testing. FEops is a cloud-based solution, meaning clinical trials can be done from any hospital, and the data can be accessed from anywhere as well. 

SOLIDWORKS is also doing work in the prosthetics field, simulating and designing limbs and robotics that are changing life for amputees. One of our favorite sites, GrabCAD, has tons of free prosthetic CAD files! By simulating natural movements, doctors and patients are able to tell designers what they need the prosthetic to do, and designers are able to adapt the design to make it happen. Instead of having the most life-like prosthetic, sometimes what you need is the most functional.

runningprostheticPhoto: Evening Standard Ltd., all rights reserved.

For example, take a look at leg prosthetics for runners (image from Evening Standard, UK article Running on Blades... The Role of Technology in Paralympics)

 

They look less like a foot and more like a spatula, but they are functional in a way that allows amputees to move the way they need to. In fact, there have been debates that using these prosthetics give athletes and "unfair advantage," claiming that they work better by absorbing shock and maintaining momentum more efficiently than the average human leg. Whether the advancement of prosthetics creates someone with superhuman athletic ability or not, the advancement in technology is incredible.

With the simulation and modeling capabilities that SOLIDWORKS provides, we can keep innovating in ways that are incredibly cost effective compared to previous R&D, which is so expensive that there have been tax credits implemented to monetize R&D on prosthetics. 

SOLIDWORKS is changing the way that R&D looks in the medical field. It's certainly going to change lives for the better, mitigate risk in some of the most intensive procedures, and create collaboration between patients, doctors, and engineers in ways that nobody expected. 

What medical procedure do you think could be improved with the use of SOLIDWORKS? Where will they go next? Comment below! 

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