Whether it’s a total knee replacement, a specially designed shoe insert, or a new hip, millions of adults turn to orthopaedic medicine each year for help in restoring mobility and a return to active, pain-free lives. The companies that make these devices need to reduce development time, cost, and risk and get to market faster without sacrificing innovation.LifeMOD is helping make that happen.

With LifeModeler’s biomechanical simulation software, LifeMOD, medical device makers now have a faster, less costly, and more complete method of product development. Five of the six top U.S. orthopaedic companies use LifeMOD extensively in the design of artificial joints, realizing productivity increases up to 20% and decreases in development costs by up to 40% while enhancing innovation and reducing risk. The value LifeMOD can bring to any organization’s product development process is discussed in detail here.

One example of this success is Smith & Nephew’s JOURNEY Bi-Cruciate Stabilized Knee System, the first knee replacement designed to restore natural knee motion. The company used LifeMOD/KneeSIM from the early stages of design. When the product was launched in 2006, it was named the most significant product of the year by analysts at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Specialists annual meeting, effectively “winning the Super Bowl of orthopaedics.” Providing greater stability and flexibility, the innovativeJOURNEY Knee was, as Smith & Nephew stated, “shaped by technology.”

Replacement joint development and production is a costly, time-consuming undertaking, with significant risks. LifeMOD provides real, objective, and quantifiable answers to the difficult questions in implant design. LifeMOD allows designers to test and evaluate product performance and characteristics in a validated ‘virtual’ model of a human body. Hundreds of design iterations can be tested for function and durability – without the use of a cadaver or the construction of an expensive physical prototype. And, because these simulations can be run in mere minutes or hours, the time-consuming months (or years) of ‘build-and-break’ trials and clinical testing are a thing of the past. These improvements in the design and development process ultimately result in higher-quality products and greater patient satisfaction, and the speed with which manufacturers can bring these devices to market gives them an unparalleled competitive advantage.

“Shave months and millions of dollars off the cost of getting new orthopedic implants to market”

There are other benefits as well. Virtually simulating the human-product interaction using LifeMOD results in objective, quantitative measurements of performance, not the subjective feedback usually received during the human testing phase. In many instances, the orthopaedic industry still relies on clinical data or feedback from a small number of patients using the product for many years to ascertain performance. LifeMOD offers predictive, repeatable measures for analysis or comparison.

LifeMOD also has an established history of defining performance signatures for devices with which a human interacts on a mechanical level. Our valid, unchanging human computer model, maintained with strict, professional version control, provides a platform on which to establish relationships between specific product attributes and their effects on the human. These relationships can be defined in real, defendable terms using plots and animations, and included in the patent submission process. As the standard in human biomechanics modeling, used by leading orthopedic manufacturers and research institutions, LifeMOD is uniquely qualified to serve this need.

LifeModeler develops each of our products with the user in mind, and we work closely with medical device companies and research groups to ensure its ease-of-use and real-world functionality. Built on industrial-grade technology, LifeMOD easily integrates into any CAE product development environment, works seamlessly with most computer-aided design (CAD) systems, and enhances the use of finite element analysis models. LifeMOD also easily imports engineering-formatted data from MRI and CT scans.

Training, customization, tutorials, documentation, and user communities provide helpful support, and our experts are always just a phone call away.

Learn more by browsing our Product pages, or check out a case study for an example of how LifeMOD is reshaping orthopaedic product development.