What does a startup working in an industry using plaster and traditional manual manufacturing have in common with companies such as Apple, Audi, LG, Philips, Ferrari, or Porsche? Like them, Invent Medical’s designers have been recognized for their contribution through one of the world’s most prestigious design awards. Invent Medical's cutting-edge 3D printed medical devices won two prizes: Red Dot Award for high quality design and the Red Dot: Best of the Best for an outstanding product setting world design trends.
Red dot ranks among the world’s largest design competitions and has been held for over 60 years. The jury shortlisted only a few dozens of products – about 1% - from more than 5500 applications from 55 countries for the Best of the Best award. In addition to attention to quality of design, jury experts assess the innovativeness of the product and its potential to impact specific segments of healthcare globally.
Invent Medical’s moto is Helping Through Innovation and the company fulfils this by developing advanced, custom-made 3D printed orthotic and prosthetic products to assist people with post-op surgery needs, injuries, congenital deformities, or loss of body parts. The company’s goal is to bring completely new products to patients around the world, offering much higher comfort, functionality and aesthetic appeal.
“The aim of our devices is not only to effectively treat patients, but also to break down prejudices that medical devices are uncomfortable products and having to use them is a necessary evil. We realize that the psychological side of the treatment is no less important for patients, and we are therefore trying to keep one step ahead of other companies in the field by offering patients modern products that resemble fashion accessories rather than medical devices. Standard custom-made orthoses often bulky, heavy and uncomfortable. This is due to the limits of the manufacturing technology commonly used in our industry. That’s why we have decided to use 3D printing, which gives us the freedom and opportunity to manufacture nearly anything.” says Ales Grygar, Invent Medical’s chief designer and Red Dot award recipient. His cranial remoulding orthosis – designed to treat severe degrees of skull deformities in new-borns that affect about 3% of them – won in the Best of the Best category.
“Moreover, patients who use our products can easily customize them in our interactive configurator to suit their style and preferences and to further improve the acceptance of their aid.” adds Tomas Bouma, company designer and winner of the Red Dot Award for his 3D printed custom foot orthotics. Invent Medical uses advanced technologies such as 3D scanning, 3D printing, algorithms, and artificial intelligence to manufacture its devices. “We’d been having the vision of 3D printed orthotic and prosthetic devices for a while, but it was only after the arrival of the 3D printer by HP that we finally found a strong manufacturing partner who offered us high quality and fast printing at reasonable prices. With this technology, we are able to fulfil our ambition – to become the global technological leader in the field of custom-made orthotics and prosthetics.” concludes company’s CEO - Dr. Jiri Rosicky.