After years of industrialization and with the aim of being efficient, improve traceability, and customer satisfaction, 3D-Side developed Customize, a web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solution consisting of three modules to address specific functions for their customers, called Customize.
The first, Create is a technical toolbox for the engineers to perform processing operations on the patient’s medical images. The module generates 2D and 3D contents to be communicated to the surgeon. Secondly, Interact is explicitly designed to answer the surgeon’s needs and to visualize and understand the patient-specific device, designed using Create. Lastly, Supervize helps the production manager to conduct the process of just in time production. This module also makes quality management, easier by enabling full traceability of information and actions.
Additionally, 3D-Side performs specific functions and procedures when it comes to device design and processing. For example in the case of SkullPT, one of their core products requires a basic image processing to determine the bone defect and the material to be filled.
3D-Side has recently introduced the customize solution to monitor the production of patient-specific devices. Laurent highlights an instance where a 9-year-old girl had a bone tumor at one femur, which was manually treated. The patient had a second tumor on the tibia at the opposite side. The latter one has been processed using the 3D-Side patient-specific instrument. After a thorough discussion with the surgeon operating, they decided to decrease the safe margin to a minimal value. They successfully managed to spare the knee joint and avoid knee prosthesis.
We solved problems during our PhD theses that helped us to assist the surgeons with the best solutions. After years of R&D and production of patient-specific devices, our software and infrastructure have been optimized to face all the challenges in this custom-made field, from communication to certification
To further substantiate their contribution, the company not only connects surgeons to 3D printing technology but also aims at helping implant manufacturers as well. For 3D-Side, the future looks bright, as they are enthusiastic about spreading their solutions overseas in several countries. The company is also planning to play a key role in the production section as well. “We will design cranial implants or patient-specific instruments for companies that are looking for an ISO-certified partner,” concludes Laurent.