Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Bodycad was founded in 2011 by Jean Robichaud a pioneer in custom technology and CAD/CAM software in the dental implantology industry. Jean was a driving force in the customization of dentistry which is considered standard of care today. His vision is to personalize and transform the orthopaedic industry.

The oldest city in North America, Quebec City, in the province of Quebec in the country of Canada, on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Personalized restoration, also referred to as personalized orthopaedics, is associated with the personalized medicine movement in healthcare. It is an emerging field of medicine that uses diagnostic tools to identify specific anatomy to help assess which medical treatments, procedures and products will be best for each patient to restore function and mobility.

Bodycad Conformis
Software Platform
  • Proprietary fully-integrated software platform with imaging, planning, design, and manufacturing capabilities, created internally by experienced software engineers
  • Drives efficiency and speed to go from images to digital implant design in under one hour
  • Web-based surgeon portal and unique user interface ("UI") allows surgeon to access design file from any connected device and review, revise and confirm implant design
  • Mixture of custom designed software and 3rd party software resulting in patchwork platform that introduces unnecessary complexity and increased probability of potential bugs, errors or flaws, which can produce unexpected results or cause software to behave in unintended ways
  • Can take several days to produce a design
  • The surgeon does not have the ability to modify design parameters, CFMS portal allows surgeon to view design, but no functionality that allows surgeon to validate or approve design
  • Vertically integrated internal manufacturing capabilities allow Bodycad to control every aspect of implant from initial design through final production, allowing Bodycad complete control of implant manufacturing process
  • Proven mass customization manufacturing workflow software and know how, that has been utilized successfully in the dental space, provides for higher utilization rates and efficiencies in a mass customization environment, resulting in higher Gross Margins
  • CFMS traditionally utilizes 3rd party manufacturers to manufacture products, just recently started to buy / bring in-house manufacturing capacity and capabilities
  • Difficulty controlling costs and downtime due to nuance and expertise necessary to manufacture in a mass customization environment
  • Once design approved by surgeon, 21 days until delivery of Bodycad implant and installation kit
  • 6 week turnaround time for implants
Accuracy & Fit
  • Bodycad platform allows for the design and manufacturing of every aspect of orthopaedic procedure with precision
  • Bodycad's precise and proprietary bone cutting technique ensure a high-level of precision for the surgery
  • 100% of the procedure in the box is bespoke, designed by Bodycad's designing software--metals and plastics are milled and 3D printed with same software platform, utilizing computer assisted manufacturing capabilities, resulting in implant, cutting guides and tools with specifications with an accuracy of within 250 microns of design plan
  • At similar revenue of CFMS ($80M), Bodycad would have ~2M of inventory on hand, a true "just in time" mass customization model vs. CFMS
  • Currently 3D printing cutting guides and tools based on 3D generated model of patient anatomy
  • Metal femoral and tibial implants are not fully customized (i.e.. manufactured for a specific case), however have multiple sizes of pre- existing implants that can adjust based on patients anatomy, so not 100% bespoke (note: Conformis has ~$12M of inventory on hand as of June 30, 2017, over 50% of that is finished good to support ~80M inRevenue)

Bodycad’s proprietary Personalized Restoration Process makes true personalization possible. Surgeons can quickly and efficiently complete the Bodycad PREP (Personalized Restoration Evaluation Process):

  • Scan to plan: Patient images are sent to Bodycad to enable our Bodycad PREP Tech to perform precise measurements of anatomical features. The PREP Tech uses anatomical references that are scientifically supported to optimize function. The measurements are entered using Bodycad’s Personalized Restoration Software to enable the creation of a personalized restoration solution.
  • Approve design: A three-dimensional rendering of the patient’s anatomy, along with the proposed solution, is sent to the surgeon for approval or revision. Once approved, Bodycad manufactures the restoration in its own facilities using the latest manufacturing processes and highest quality industry standard materials.
  • Restore: The approved restoration is shipped to the surgeon with a customized Bodycad Instrument and Implant Kit, a Procedure in a Box. While the restoration technique itself is straightforward and easy to learn, Bodycad offers comprehensive training and ongoing support to ensure an optimal procedure.

Bodycad is pursuing two distinct product lines:

  • Bodycad Primary, which includes design and development for primary procedures such as unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, total knee arthroplasty, total hip arthroplasty, shoulder arthroplasty and other primary indications
  • Bodycad On Call, which includes niche, underserved complex personalized restorations for trauma, deformity correction, oncology and other challenging or unique cases

Every Bodycad personalized orthopedic restoration matches the precise anatomical needs of the patient to reestablish durable form and function, offering the potential for a higher quality of life.

Bodycad has clearance for the Bodycad Unicompartmental Knee System in the US and EU. The OnCall personalized cutting guides are cleared for sale in Canada. All other OnCall products can be sold as a custom device in accordance with the regulatory requirements and custom guidance associated in the countries where we do business.

21 days from the time the surgeon approves the design.

Bodycad PREP Techs are true collaborators who work with the surgeon to achieve precise anatomical fit for every patient. PREP Techs are knowledgeable about principles of load bearing, joint articulation, and orthopedic correction. They offer consultation and support at every stage of the development process, from initial design to final approval. Bodycad PREP Techs are trained in engineering, human anatomy, and software programming. Because they work closely with individual surgeons, PREP Techs are able to develop a sense of a surgeon’s preferences and profile to further refine and customize each restoration.

Bodycad can use CT, MRI and digital radiographs. Bodycad is imaging agnostic, we believe we need the best images for the application. We continue to stay on top of current trends in imaging technologies to ensure a high level of precision in our 3D models. Our proprietary imaging algorithms allow for a fully automated segmentation with human verification steps. This allows for a very efficient and accurate model. We have guidance for imaging procedures for the Bodycad Unicompartmental Knee System and Bodycad OnCall Cutting Guides which are available on our website.

It is important that patients seek out an orthopaedic surgeon to determine the best course of action for your care. The orthopaedic surgeon can determine if Bodycad is the best product option for you.

Bodycad Unicompartmental Knee System Information

We use proprietary algorithms to personalize the articulating surface based on the 3D rendering of the patient’s anatomy. The kinematics is unique for each patient and validated by finite element analysis (FEA) simulations of area of contact and contact pressure for each patient.

In addition to patient specific information we ask for mechanical alignment and tibial resection information based on the surgeon’s pre-operative assessment of the necessary correction. The PREPLink will be used to confirm the final design inputs from the surgeon to the PREPTech.

Long standing AP radiographs, MRI and/or CT are required for each patient. Please refer to the BUKS imaging guide for specific information in regards to imaging instructions which can be found in the download library.

The PREP Tech reviews inputs from the prescription and imaging data taken from the long standing AP radiograph to determine the proper correction and mechanical alignment planned by the surgeon for their patient. They input this information into Bodycad Planner to determine the proposed correction and design to the surgeon.

Our PREP is very automated but is validated by the PREP Tech after each step of our process. Once the product is approved and manufacturing begins we follow strict quality controls and process to ensure we maintain the highest standards for precision.

The screw feature on the Bodycad Unicompartmental Knee System has several benefits:

  • It provides additional fixation for both the femur and tibia which could contribute to reducing the chance of early loosening.
  • Testing has demonstrated that it ensures a uniform cement mantle and puts the cement in compression.
  • Testing demonstrated that the implant position is better when using a screw compared to the pre-operative plan.

Please check out our white paper on the screw testing and rationale found in the download library.

The Tibia Thickness (see attached) and is made from Titanium

  • Bodycad baseplate
  • ZUK

21 Days from the time the surgeon approves the design.

Medical Grade Nylon which is used by many companies for personalized guides thru out the orthopaedic industry.

The materials used for the screw and locking pin matches the material of the tibia and femur. The tibia is made from medical grade titanium and so is the screw and locking pin. The femur is made from CoCr and so is the femoral screw. Both materials are widely used in the orthopaedic industry.

We have begun cases in the US, Europe and Canada with good success. We are monitoring each case and have four clinical studies that will start in 2018. This is a link to a press release describing the first uses of the BUKS.

We have the PREP Link, a proprietary software which incorporates a 3D viewer to allow a PREP Tech and surgeon to communicate and collaborate on the optimal design for the patient. For the first time the surgeon can modify the design of the implants and instruments to their preferences best suited for their patient. This is true personalization.

Bodycad OnCall Information

A complex restoration includes any procedure which is typically a niche, underserved market and usually occurs in very small volume. Typically, this would include tumor resection, osteotomy and revision restorations.

We have now performed many cases in Canada and the US mainly in the osteotomy and tumor resection space.

Please contact a PREP Tech at to start the process. The PREP (personalized restoration evaluation process) is followed.

Typically, 21 days from surgeon approval but this may vary according to the complexity of the design and the procedure.

We plan offer to plan the cases for free and provide planning support with the surgeon and PREP Tech via webinar/teleconferencing. Once the planning is approved we send a quote to the hospital for approval. Manufacturing will begin once a Purchase Order (PO) is received.

We use the most appropriate images for the application. Bodycad OnCall can use a combination of radiographs, MRI and/or CT to come up with the correct plan and solution for the patient. Please consult the Bodycad OnCall imaging guide found in the download library or contact a PREP Tech at