BioRobotics Core

About

The BioRobotics & Mechanical Testing Core (BRMTC) provides biomechanical testing of biological structures and biomaterials.

Our world-class facilities allow investigators to conduct high-quality research of the mechanical properties of existing biological structures and constructs, as well as to quantify the potential for new technologies and clinical advancements.

The BMRTC provides testing capabilities for a wide range of biomechanical modalities and will offer expert advice and support for development of new test protocols, as well as innovative techniques for instrumentation and data collection. Modalities include tissues, joints, and multi-articular units, such as foot or spine segments.


Contacts

Robb  Colbrunn, D Eng

Robb Colbrunn, D Eng
Director, BioRobotics
Location:ND3-19
Phone:(216) 385-5914
colbrur@ccf.org

Callan  Gillespie

Callan Gillespie
Principal Research Engineer
gillesc2@ccf.org

Jeremy  Loss

Jeremy Loss
Research Engineer
lossj@ccf.org

Tara  Nagle

Tara Nagle
Principal Research Engineer
Location:ND1-95
Phone:(216) 399-6743
naglet2@ccf.org

Services

The BioRobotics Core offers facilities and expertise for mechanical testing of musculoskeletal structures and biomaterials through an organizational structure of shared equipment and resources. The Core provides expertise in material testing using devices currently located in the Lerner Research Institute as well as several simVITRO® based robotic testing systems.

In addition, we will assist in data management for user experiments including, data collection, data analysis and data archiving. The Core supports testing of tissues, joints and multi-articular units, such as foot or spine segments. Suitable applications include testing of ligaments, tendons, bone, cartilage, implants, orthotics, limbs, etc.

simVITRO®Testing
We offer state-of-the-art orthopaedic biomechanical testing to answer your clinical questions. With over a decade of experience in this field, the BioRobotics Core can provide simVITRO® testing services using simVITRO® software and one of their several musculoskeletal simulators.

Universal Musculoskeletal Simulator

  • Rotopod R2000: Robotic device for 6-degree of freedom testing. Load capacity 2000 N, 1000 Nm.
  • 5 tendon actuators (Parker and Harmonic Drive Systems): Used to replicate muscle forces up to 4000 N.
  • MicroScribe G2L Digitizing System: Static coordinate measurement and surface digitization.
  • Force Plate (Bertec): 6-axis Force Plate to measure ground reaction forces.
  • Rotary Stage: Supplementary robotic device to allow for greater flexion/extension range of motion when used in conjunction with the Rotopod R2000.

Neuromusculoskeletal Simulator

  • Kuka-KR16 Robot: Uniaxial electromechanical robotic device for 6-degree of freedom spine testing and high-precision low-speed material testing. Payload 16kg.

Learn more about simVITRO® services.

Uniaxial & Biaxial Testing of Biomaterials and Medical Devices
These services can be used to provide insight into; tissue engineering, medical devices, surgical techniques, disease pathologies, orthopedics, and fracture healing and treatment.

Structural and material properties of tissues and synthetic materials can be acquired through uniaxial and biaxial biomechanical testing.  Understanding of these parameters for tissues lined stents provide for a longer lasting design.

Biomechanical Phenotyping of Transgenic Preclinical Models
Biomechanical phenotyping of transgenic models allows for quantification and comparison of functional changes in connective tissues  (bone, tendon, skin).

Structural and material properties of tissues and synthetic materials can be acquired through uniaxial and biaxial biomechanical testing.  Understanding of these parameters for tissues lined stents provide for a longer lasting design. 

Consulting Services

Full System Development:
We can apply our unique expertise in this field to your project or laboratory. We can assist in replication of our existing simVITRO® systems, or developing new and custom systems that are unique solutions to your challenges.

Hardware Development:
Our team’s expertise in systems engineering, mechanical design, and data acquisition, allows us to develop new integrated hardware when off-the-shelf solutions aren’t available. Our close proximity to other Medical Device Solutions resources (FEA, Machining, Electronics, and Design) allows us to provide turn-key solutions based on our systems engineering approach. These solutions range from simple fixture design to complex robotic hardware. The rotary stage depicted is an additional robotic axis developed to give our system a greater range of motion.

Software Development:
Our team’s extensive experience in developing our simVITRO® Universal Musculoskeletal Simulators can be applied to your automated test equipment needs. In addition, we can develop software to assist you with automated data post processing and analysis. These skills include Matlab as well as extensive training and certifications in LabVIEW.

simVITRO® Training:
simVITRO® testing requires both the tools and the knowledge for robotic orthopaedic biomechanical testing. Let our team provide remote or onsite training for simVITRO® software as well as joint testing methodologies.

Equipment

Universal Musculoskeletal Simulator

  • Rotopod R2000 - Robotic device for 6-degree of freedom testing. Load capacity 2000 N, 1000 Nm
  • 5 tendon actuators (Parker and Harmonic Drive Systems) - Used to replicate muscle forces up to 4000 N
  • MicroScribe G2L Digitizing System - Static coordinate measurement and surface digitization
  • Force Plate (Bertec) - 6-axis Force Plate to measure ground reaction forces.
  • Rotary Stage - Supplementary robotic device to allow for greater flexion/extension range of motion when used in conjunction with the Rotopod R2000


Spine Musculoskeletal Simulator

  • Kuka-KR16 Robot - Uniaxial electromechanical device for high-precision low-speed material testing with 6-degree of freedom spine testing. Payload of 16kg.


Optotrak Certus Motion Capture System

  • Motion capture device to measure real time relative motion between rigid bodies
  • Accuracy of 0.1 mm and resolution of 0.01 mm


Instron 5543

  • Uniaxial electromechanical device for high-precision low-speed material testing
  • Load capacity 1000 N


MTS 858

  • Biaxial servohydraulic device for combined axial and torsional loading
  • Load capacity 25 kN, 220 Nm


Instron 8511

  • Uniaxial servohydraulic device for extreme high-speed material testing
  • Load capacity 5kN


Instron 1321

  • Uniaxial servohydraulic device for high-speed material testing and fatigue testing
  • Load capacity 85 kN


Admet Planar Biaxial Testing Machine

  • Planar biaxial device for material testing
  • Load capacity 1 kN


Non-Contact Video Strain Measurement


Portfolio














BioRobotics Core

Getting Started

View prices and request services through iLab. Register for an iLab account and visit the desired core’s page to get started.

Questions? Contact Us


Go To Ilab