Innovative medical device combats lumbar pain

By Laura Reeves
Japet Exoskeleton
Protolabs were able to Injection Mould the support parts of the exoskeleton, located between the micro-motors along with the encapsulation housing.

French start up, Japet Medical Devices, have created a truly innovative rehabilitation exoskeleton (Atlas), designed to relieve lumbar pain.

So how does Atlas work? The exoskeleton is made of two belts separated by micro-motors and has two functions: to apply traction on the vertebral column to relieve pain, then accompany the patient's movements so that they can strengthen their muscles pain-free through physical exercise. By allowing the patient to resume regular exercise, stimulated by a fun training interface, Atlas has broken the vicious circle of pain - inactivity - loss of muscle mass caused by lumbar pain and fits perfectly into the new treatment regimens recommended by the medical profession.

The challenge?

The company faced a huge challenge when it came to the manufacture of their revolutionary design, as they needed to produce the support parts and the encapsulation housing in good-quality materials & with the tolerances of mass production, all in less than a month. 

The efficiency of our ProtoQuote software and the design for manufacture (DFM) assessment meant that any defects were eliminated prior to moulding. This meant that in just 2 weeks, we manufactured no less than 10 moulds, injected and delivered the polyamide and silicon parts, for a lower cost than other suppliers.

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