Tiger Woods and my dad have something in common

By Tim

No, it’s not below-par rounds of golf. My dad’s sport was basketball. But both golf and b-ball contributed to their common link – bad knees.  Tiger’s knee injury ended his 2008 season prematurely. Tiger had arthroscopic surgery and physical therapy and is winning at his sport once again.

My dad also had arthroscopic surgery. It helped him for a while. But in his late 50’s he underwent complete knee replacement surgery on his right knee. A few years later, he had his left knee replaced. Then about 10 years after that, he underwent a second replacement on his right knee. Though he never got back on the basketball court, the implants definitely helped him maintain his quality of life by keeping him mobile and eliminating his knee pain.

Both Tiger and my dad have been helped thanks to ongoing research of knee mechanics and orthopedic implants. Researchers at Scripps Clinic have recently published a study on patients with knee replacements.

 At the time of surgery, they implanted tiny computer chips in the patient’s knees. These chips sent data to receivers that recorded the stresses on the knee joint during various activities. They then used the data, in combination with Abaqus FEA software from SIMULIA, to make increasingly complex 3D computer models of human knees. With these realistic models they can now perform accurate virtual tests on a variety of potential knee replacement parts and surgical techniques. Check out the case study on Scripp’s research published at Design World Magazine’s website.

Other researchers, such as the team at the University of Aberdeen  in the UK, have also published a study on using realistic simulation to understand the effect of ACL reconstructive surgery. Check out their paper published at the 2009 SIMULIA Customer Conference.

Engineers at Zimmer  and the University of Wisconsin-Madison collaborated on research published at the 2008 Abaqus Users’ Conference on material modeling of a virtual biomechanical knee.

Knee biomechanics and orthopedic implants is just one area of bioengineering research that is being performed with Abaqus. In the coming weeks, I will report on many other engineering groups who are creating virtual 3D models and realistic simulations of the human body to develop innovative products and medical treatments that are significantly enhancing the quality and longevity of our lives.

Enjoy,

Tim

p.s.

Have you had knee surgery, a knee replacement, or other type of implant? Feel free to leave a comment about your experience or your view of using realistic simulation for bioengineering research.

Announcing 3DVIA TV: Dedicated Video Content for 3DVIA.com

By Cliff

The launch of 3DVIA.TV is one step in 3DVIA’s effort to improve how users discover and learn the benefits of 3DVIA technologies. Consider 3DVIA.TV your own personal video tutor for anything and everything 3DVIA.

3DVIA.TV Will be Your One Stop Shop for 3DVIA Video Content Including:

· Trailers

· Software tutorials

· Interviews

· Cliff’s Clips

· Podcasts

· Live streaming

· & more

To kick-off 3DVIA.TV, we have an exciting episode of 3DVIA People with Bernard Charlès, the CEO of Dassault Systèmes, and the visionary behind 3DVIA. This is a must-watch episode.

3DVIA.TV will also be broadcasting a live video feed from SIGGRAPH 2009 from August 4th-7th.

We will be posting at least one video every week so tune into 3DVIA.TV often.

3D Technology Forges ITER Fusion Power Future

By Kate

Imagine the heat of the sun in the form of plasma, floating within a magnetic field. Sound cosmic? It is, but it’s also the key to a down-earth fusion energy R&D project called ITER.

According to the below Reuters TV ITER story, the project is referred to as “the most globally participatory science project in history.”

What I find extra-exciting about ITER is that we don’t fully know what will be the final product. This is first-ever stuff, which makes virtual designing, assembling and lifelike experiencing even more important. The multi-national ITER team can ‘go back to the drawing board’ endlessly until they’re satisfied enough to real-life produce. Less impact for the environment, less cost for the participant countries. And ultimately, the chances for successful real-life experiments are far greater.

Another cool factor, also highlighted in the Reuters video, is the role of 3D as the project’s universal language. Countries collaborating on ITER include (in no particular order) Spain, Italy, France, the UK, Germany, Russia, India, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan and the USA, with more to come. What better way to facilitate efficient communication and thus collaboration than with 3D?

I spoke with William Pelletier at Dassault Systèmes this morning about ITER; he’s pretty involved in the project from a software solution standpoint and told me:

Dassault Systèmes is really excited to be involved with the ITER team. We think ITER will produce the energy of the future.

Here’s an ethereal-like fly through of what ITER may look like:

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You also may enjoy watching how the assembly may work:

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So, what do you think about all this?

Best,

Kate

P.S. For more information:

• ITER website
• Software solutions (i.e. CATIA 3D CAD Software, ENOVIA, DELMIA)



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