Making Orthopedic Braces More Stylish and Innovative with SOLIDWORKS Software


DJO Incorporated

The Company 

Whether you are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or just a regular guy or gal, the prospect of wearing an orthopedic brace on an injured knee or elbow is often viewed with some degree of trepidation. Orthopedic rehabilitation devices help countless patients recuperate from surgeries and injuries, but braces have long carried the stigma of being bulky, uncomfortable, and unattractive.

The Challenge 

Streamline development, improve style, and increase innovation in the design and manufacture of athletic, protective, and orthopedic rehabilitation devices.

The Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and SOLIDWORKS Simulation analysis software to cut design cycles, enhance style, and boost innovation.

The Result

  • Reduced design cycles by more than 25 percent
  • Cut prototyping costs by 5 to 10 percent of project budget
  • Introduced first adjustable off-loading knee brace
  • Improved premarketing efforts with photorealistic renderings

"SOLIDWORKS software allows us to create sleek, stylish, and innovative products and present them to the market quicker, which has helped support our growth."

Robert Bejarano
R&D Senior Project Manager