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Sawbones parent firm Pacific Research Laboratories and Spinologics subsidiary Numalogics have formed a new partnership through which the firms will collaborate to develop computational modelling and simulation applications for orthopaedic devices.

Sawbones is a leading supplier of bone surrogate materials while Numalogics provides computer simulation for the medical device sector. Through the partnership, Numalogics will work with Sawbones to develop accurate models of bone surrogate materials, which will be integrated into software applications.

With this new software, testing of Sawbones’ bone surrogate materials will be easier, enabling engineers to perform the research and development process quicker. The software is in the early development process and is expected to be released in 2022.

Sawbones design engineer Amy Posch said: “Sawbones strives to offer the most comprehensive, easy to use products that consistently simulate bone characteristics for physical testing. By adding computational simulation to our biomechanical test line, customers will be able to optimise device designs quicker and more efficiently.”

Numalogics President Eric Gaudreau added: “Computer modelling and simulation is gaining a tremendous amount of adoption amongst R&D teams. It helps bring their product innovations to market faster.”

“The reliability and credibility of virtual models has gained wide acceptance. While we see an opportunity for all orthopaedic device companies to benefit from our apps, we believe that there is a special need for the small and medium size companies. Unfortunately, they don’t have the resources to hire dedicated simulation experts. We hope our software can solve this problem.”

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