Jordi Tura is the CEO & founder of Xkelet, with more than 15 years in 3D design, printing, and software development. Xkelet is a Machine Learning software company. With the software (the core of the Co.) we are able to automate the entire process, from data recording to the finished product. Currently. We have done a turnkey solution* in the category of Orthopedics and Prosthetics (O&P). We want to change the current immobilization methods such as plaster and current orthotic systems, to solve the problems that come from these immobilization systems.
The immobilizations are printed with 3D printing technology and suitable for accurate measurements of the patient’s anatomy.
With Xkelet, the patient can shower and dry without problems, no longer scratching due to scaling of the skin, in case the injury includes a wound already well derived by the fracture itself as an operative process, the patient and the medical professional can see the condition of the wound instantly thanks to the design of windows. And so I do not have to wait to have a feverish process or pain, for the traumatologist to remove the cast and see what the problem is. Usually with an unfavorable state of the most advanced recovery. Jordi will be speaking at the upcoming 3D printing for Orthotics and Prosthetics event.
Jenny: When was the first encounter you had with 3D Printing ? What was that experience like?
Jordi: 16 years ago. At those points, the technology was not accessible like now. And the traditional methods were cheaper. So it was not super good but show us all the potential in new design possibilities. Now is totally different is more accessible and already has its place in the global market.
Jenny: What inspired you to start your journey in 3D Printing ?
Jordi: That was a Project we made 10 years ago, was impossible to design a product with the traditional injection plastic systems, so we start using 3D printing.
Jenny: Who inspired you the most along this journey in 3D Printing?
Jordi: I start for myself I didn’t follow anybody; at that point, the influencers didn’t exist like now. Since I was in the university, I was involved in 3D design, and also in the ink printing process. So, for me was a natural evolution movement.
Jenny: What motivates you the most for your work?
Jordi: Making things that people think are impossible to do.
Jenny: What is/are the biggest obstacle(s) in your line of work? If you have conquered them, what were your solutions?
Jordi: My big obstacle for me was to get the cash to move forward, for the rest we can find the solution.
Jenny: What do you think is the biggest challenge in 3D Printing? What do you think the potential solution is?
Jordi: Production cost, hardware cost, consumable cost, printing time, production volume and post processing.
We solved some problems but are still working on others.
Jenny: If you are granted three wishes by a higher being, what would they be?
Jordi: Healthy, happy and not to be worried about the money to continue developing.
Jenny: What advice would you give to a smart driven college student in the “real world”? What bad advices you heard should they ignore?
Jordi: First, they need to decide if want to get a job, be a public worker or entrepreneur. Also “Respect everybody because you will never know”
What you should ignore are: “You cannot do” it and “This is impossible”