FEM: Prosthetics


Continuation of discussion with Valentino:

Our proposal is an open source most advanced software FEM development for Prosthetics. Just printing a 3D model is not enough, you need to actually perform FEM on the stub or sock to make sure there is most comfort and best fitting for the patient. Also analyze if there is a change of amputated bone splinter.

Then apply FEM to the moving joints (PHASE II of the development).

In order to get speedy results we bought a 64 cpu cores Linux box with 1 TB of physical memory. This allows for the LINPACK of the FEM to parallelize and thus deliver fast FEM output.

The code will be large and sophisticated but we can wing it in relatively short period of time! Note that FEM is used for industrial apps like jet turbine design and so on, so this is serious work.

My hope is to open source all the code.

Built-in API:


We have purchase this additional FEM from Wolfram:





We will like to partner with you on the OBM African Projects in the area of teaching 15 people that would be responsible for running the Prosthetic Educational and Production in Hargeisa, Somaliland.


Thank you for the offer. We need to plan for the training. It is quite involved and detailed and requires serious planning.

First question I have: do you have 3D scanner and 3D printers, if so which brands?


We don’t . . . The project is quite new and not kicked off yet.


We just shipped our equipment to a refugee camp in Middle East. I need to talk to our organization and see what we can work out.

In you case, you need to start with the educational modules prior to any other work to assure the workers or students have skills.