Digitizing Orthotics and Prosthetics – Spentys is re-inventing the future of Orthopaedics with a digital workshop solution

Digitizing Orthotics and Prosthetics - Spentys is re-inventing the future of Orthopaedics with a digital workshop solution

Aditya Chandavarkar
Aditya Chandavarkar is a established entrepreneur with business interests in manufacturing, innovative technology, training and consulting. Among other activities he the Co-Founder of Indian 3D Printing Network and is a subject matter expert on 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing with good grasp of Additive Manufacturing trends in the Region including India, APAC, Middleeast and Africa.
Vaishali Heblekar

An experienced content writer with a strong background in communications and branding. Vaishali also brings with her work experience in Corporate Communications in the manufacturing industry. Skilled in corporate and creative content writing, proof-reading and editing. Also adept at translation from Hindi and/or Marathi to English. Strong communication professional with a masters from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai.

Spentys is an orthopaedic software solution designed to integrate all parts of a digital workshop, from scanning to modelling and printing, for the 21st century clinician.

In a Nutshell

Founded in 2017 by Louis-Phillipe Broze and Florian De Boeck, Spentys is an orthopaedic software solution designed to integrate all parts of a digital workshop, from scanning to modelling and printing, for the 21st century clinician. Having noticed the gap in the application of additive manufacturing in healthcare, specifically in the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices, as well as the massive fragmentation between different parts of the additive manufacturing process, Spentys offers the perfect solution to integrate digital tools to have just one virtual platform that offers both scanning, modelling and printing capacity that is easy to use and produces high quality clinically validated devices. Spentys is not just providing orthoses and prostheses, but also offering a full spectrum of 3D-manufactured orthopaedic devices that are efficient and clinically validated. They currently employ over 20 full-time and part-time staff located in the heart of Brussels, Belgium, with a customer base in Europe, North America and Asia.

Brains behind this

The dynamic duo of Louis-Phillipe Broze and Florian De Boek are the brains behind this start-up. Having found the gap in the application of additive manufacturing in healthcare, specifically in the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices, both of them started Spentys to offer a full spectrum of 3D-manufactured orthopaedic devices. While Louis-Phillipe Broze, a business engineer, has been part of Brussels’ start-up and entrepreneur ecosystem for the last six years, Florian De Boek is a Biomedical engineer with expertise in additive manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

 

Spentys Founders

The Before and The After

Spentys was founded in 2017 by Louis-Phillipe Broze and Florian De Boek as an orthopaedic software solution designed to integrate all parts of a digital workshop, from scanning to modelling and printing, to address the gap present in the application of additive manufacturing in healthcare, specifically in the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices. There was a massive fragmentation between different parts of the additive manufacturing process which made it relatively complex and expensive for clinicians to incorporate into their clinics. 3D printing in prosthetics and orthotics has been around for decades, referred to as rapid prototyping. The early adopters of this technology found numerous barriers and bottlenecks that have, over the years, slowed the progression of the application of 3D printing in prosthetic and orthotic production. However, in the last decade, there has been a rise in independent solutions addressing individual aspects of the manufacturing process, from shape capturing using 3D scanners to modelling software initially designed for architects and construction engineers. Spentys’ unique value proposition for clinicians eager to integrate digital tools into their practice is to have just one virtual platform that offers both scanning, modelling and printing capacity that is easy to use and produces high quality clinically validated devices. They are also not just looking at providing orthoses and prostheses but want to, in the coming future, offer a full spectrum of 3D-manufactured orthopaedic devices.

Technology:

Spentys has designed its solution to incorporate a structure sensor scanner attached to an iPad that houses the modelling software where clinicians can shape, capture, correct scans and design devices on an iPad. It has also made it possible to use several other scanning devices that can be imported into the software. The Spentys solution also offers design and printing services for clinicians who are not ready to deploy a full 3D lab or have many patients to see and need the manufacturing process outsourced.

The future of orthopaedics involves a streamlined solution for manufacturing that is efficient and cost-effective in promoting the proper rehabilitation of patients with long-term musculo-skeletal and neurological disorders. According to research done by Market Watch, the global 3D Printed Orthotics market size is estimated to be worth USD 4905.3 million in 2022 and is forecast to a readjusted size of USD 6242.7 million by 2028 with a CAGR of 4.1% during the review period. With the growing need for patient personalization and customization, Spentys hopes to offer both clinicians and patients the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of materials, printing processes, and designs to improve patient and prescriber satisfaction.

Spentys has developed modelling tools to enable clinicians a level of customization and automation that perfects the details, cuts down fabrication time and enhances the aesthetics and comfort of devices. With various printing partners, Spentys will also assist in making this technology more accessible and affordable for clinicians. Continuous research and development are ongoing to improve the end products’ design, strength, and durability. In the long run, traumatic and rapid immobilization will become possible with 3D printing, thereby phasing out the more clunky and unbreathable plaster casts that come with several disadvantages.

While the traditional cast and mould method will not become outdated, it will enhance technicians’ craftmanship, thus enhancing their workflow to become more efficient.

 

AM Ventures Asks

Along with the technological innovations, it is important for start-ups to understand how their innovation is addressing the world’s biggest Environmental, Social and Governance Challenges. AM Ventures, our co-collaborator for this AM start-up series, poses a question to Spentys on their contribution to the world’s biggest ESG challenges.

The Zayed Higher Organization in UAE is serving over 1000 patients per day, and the Spentys technology has helped the organization to serve the patients in an effective manner addressing the social and governance challenge. In addition, Spentys technology reduces the time required for production of orthopedics and improves customers’ ease compared to traditional methods serving the social challenges.

Funding Facts

Spentys has raised 2.535k EUR from two funding rounds in the last three years.

They seek:

A fast-growing company, Spentys is looking for technological and clinical experts to help drive research and development of digital tools that will help equip the modern clinician. They are also looking for funding to expand the team to get more projects done.

Contact Details

Spentys Belgium Office – Rue Saint-Denis 120, 1190 Forest, Brussel BE

Website: https://www.spentys.com/

Email: info@spentys.com

Contact: (+32) 23192617

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/spentys/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCSx-YTf92E9ilhLoEusU5w

A Quick Recap

  • Founded in 2017, Spentys is an orthopaedic software solution designed to integrate all parts of a digital workshop, from scanning to modelling and printing.

  • Addresses the gap in the application of additive manufacturing in healthcare, specifically in the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices, as well as the massive fragmentation between different parts of the additive manufacturing process

  • Offers the perfect solution to integrate digital tools to have just one virtual platform that offers both scanning, modelling and printing capacity that is easy to use and produces high quality clinically validated devices.

  • Not just providing orthoses and prostheses, but also offering a full spectrum of 3D-manufactured orthopaedic devices that are efficient and clinically validated.

  • Currently employ over 20 full-time and part-time staff located in the heart of Brussels, Belgium, with a customer base in Europe, North America and Asia.

  • Dynamic duo of Louis-Phillipe Broze and Florian De Boek are the brains behind this start-up. While Louis-Phillipe Broze, a business engineer, has been part of Brussels’ start-up and entrepreneur ecosystem for the last six years, Florian De Boek is a Biomedical engineer with expertise in additive manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

  • 3D printing in prosthetics and orthotics has been around for decades, referred to as rapid prototyping. The early adopters of this technology found numerous barriers and bottlenecks that have, over the years, slowed the progression of the application of 3D printing in prosthetic and orthotic production.

  • In the last decade, there has been a rise in independent solutions addressing individual aspects of the manufacturing process, from shape capturing using 3D scanners to modelling software initially designed for architects and construction engineers.

  • Unique value proposition for clinicians eager to integrate digital tools into their practice is to have just one virtual platform that offers both scanning, modelling and printing capacity that is easy to use and produces high quality clinically validated devices.

  • Designed its solution to incorporate a structure sensor scanner attached to an iPad that houses the modelling software where clinicians can shape, capture, correct scans and design devices on an iPad.

  • It has also made it possible to use several other scanning devices that can be imported into the software.

  • The Spentys solution also offers design and printing services for clinicians who are not ready to deploy a full 3D lab or have many patients to see and need the manufacturing process outsourced.

  • The future of orthopaedics involves a streamlined solution for manufacturing that is efficient and cost-effective in promoting the proper rehabilitation of patients with long-term musculo-skeletal and neurological disorders.

  • According to research done by Market Watch, the global 3D Printed Orthotics market size is estimated to be worth USD 4905.3 million in 2022 and is forecast to a readjusted size of USD 6242.7 million by 2028 with a CAGR of 4.1% during the review period.

  • With the growing need for patient personalization and customization, Spentys hopes to offer both clinicians and patients the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of materials, printing processes, and designs to improve patient and prescriber satisfaction.

  • Spentys has developed modelling tools to enable clinicians a level of customization and automation that perfects the details, cuts down fabrication time and enhances the aesthetics and comfort of devices.

  • With various printing partners, Spentys will also assist in making this technology more accessible and affordable for clinicians.

  • Continuous research and development are ongoing to improve the end products’ design, strength, and durability. In the long run, traumatic and rapid immobilization will become possible with 3D printing, thereby phasing out the more clunky and unbreathable plaster casts that come with several disadvantages.

  • Will enhance technicians’ craftmanship, thus enhancing their workflow to become more efficient.

  • Has raised 2.535k EUR from two funding rounds in the last three years.

  • Looking for technological and clinical experts to help drive research and development of digital tools that will help equip the modern clinician.

  • Also looking for funding to expand the team to get more projects done.

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Aditya Chandavarkar
Aditya Chandavarkar is a established entrepreneur with business interests in manufacturing, innovative technology, training and consulting. Among other activities he the Co-Founder of Indian 3D Printing Network and is a subject matter expert on 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing with good grasp of Additive Manufacturing trends in the Region including India, APAC, Middleeast and Africa.
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An experienced content writer with a strong background in communications and branding. Vaishali also brings with her work experience in Corporate Communications in the manufacturing industry. Skilled in corporate and creative content writing, proof-reading and editing. Also adept at translation from Hindi and/or Marathi to English. Strong communication professional with a masters from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai.