• X-Finger was a finalist in the 2009 INDEX: Awards in Copenhagen sponsored by the Crown Prince of Denmark and recognizing “designs for a better life.”An estimated 94 percent of all non-fatal amputations involve fingers, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Approximately 30,000 people are rushed to US emergency rooms each year because they've amputated one or more, often in a door slam or via power tools, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Hundreds of adult X-Fingers are in use today. Just entering volume production, they come in 500 different configurations covering five different finger thicknesses, 16 different lengths, and myriad injury profiles. Didrick makes these to order using electric discharge machining (EDM) driven by SolidWorks files. “When a patient needs X-Fingers, I pick a drawing, save it as STL or IGES, send it to a manufacturer, and it comes back a beautiful part,” Didrick says. “SolidWorks is one of the most amazing tools I’ve ever used.” Years of hard work invested It’s been a long road for the former medical equipment salesman who has taught himself engineering, patent basics, regulatory relations, manufacturing, and marketing. FDA approval was challenging enough; European approval was excruciating. Applying for the patents alone took a year. “It’s been difficult, but this is my life’s work,” he says. “I do this 80 hours a week. I put everything into this.” One thing that came remarkably easy, however, was becoming productive with SolidWorks software. “SolidWorks has been really important,” Didrick says. “I had the vision in my head and needed a way to make it reality. SolidWorks helped me do exactly that in three weeks. Because of the complexity of the product and of the dynamics of the injured hand, I’ve been unable to find engineers who can help me. So it’s me and SolidWorks. Without SolidWorks, this never could have happened.”
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