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3D-Image Acquisition System
Generation II Orthotics Inc. - Richmond, B.C.
To develop a 3D-image acquisition system that would substitute the need for plaster castings in the orthotics industry.
Scientific research, conceptual design, detailed electronic, mechanical and optical engineering, firmware development,
negotiating the integration of key cutting-edge technologies, complete prototyping of a fully functional unit,
including assembly of circuit boards (SMT), wire harness fabrication, production of plastic and CNC parts, final assembly,
test and calibration of the instrument, as well as manufacturing of five beta units for market tests.
Up to then the orthotics industry required a plaster cast of a patient's foot in order to be able to properly manufacture a quality insole.
Generation II wanted to overcome this messy, time consuming, and costly fabrication process by substituting the physical plaster
casting with a photographical 3D-image acquisition that would contain electronically all the required information for the
manufacturing of the insole. While laser scanning technology could offer in principle this possibility, it was not considered a solution,
as it was too costly for plaster-cast-producing orthotic labs to use.
The biggest challenge in this project was to break the cost barrier of the so-far-available technologies and to fulfill the
highly demanding low-cost/high-performance required by our client.
Within two and a half years of intense research, engineering, and development work, KLN succeeded in producing a fully working
prototype of a portable, battery operated, videometric foot scanner that delivers accurate, high-resolution, photo-realistic
three dimensional electronic images within seconds. The data stored in the images allows the practitioner to use computer power
to make in less time insoles that are more comfortable to wear while avoiding entirely having to deal with messy and space
consuming plaster casts.
This revolutionary new 3D-image acquisition system utilizes several cutting edge technologies developed on three different
continents (Europe, Asia and Australia) and integrates them with the custom electronics, the firmware and the electro-optical
technology developed by KLN.
The desired low-cost/high-performance demand was fully achieved, as this foot scanner can be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of a laser scanner
(which by the way only delivers point clouds, but no photo quality images).
Patents are pending on key pieces developed by KLN.
Shortly after KLN's delivery of the additional five beta units for market tests,
Generation II Orthotics Inc. was successfully sold to a fast expanding Icelandic orthotics and prosthetics company.
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