Biomimetic Collar

A new way of making orthoses from 3D scans

This neck collar is the result of digital methods of making, combining 3D scanning, procedural design and 3D printing. Its form is derived from an algorithm that mimics the structure of bone, creating a collar that is light and strong. The process is quicker and more responsive to patient feedback than traditional methods of manually casting, sculpting and moulding plastic.

In collaboration with Dr. Deepak Kalaskar and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Pi-A developed this collar for a patient with a neurodegenerative disorder, it is now worn every day. It has led to improvements in the patient's posture and breathing where other devices had failed.