Collège Mérici, Québec, Québec
What the facility does

Develop, personalize, optimize, and validate devices, equipment, and technologies intended for vulnerable and athletic populations.

Areas of expertise

As a college centre for the transfer of technology (CCTT) in orthotics, prosthetics and medical equipment, TOPMED develops and carries out applied research projects focused on innovation and technological improvement. The Centre partners with public and private laboratories as well as companies in three areas of expertise: mechanical, biomechanical and social.

To achieve technological breakthroughs or increase existing potential, TOPMED helps develop and improve products or processes at every stage of production, including evaluation, design and manufacturing:

  • Development and delivery of projects focused on technological innovation/breakthrough or technological improvement (increasing existing potential)
  • Development of new products or improvement of existing products
  • Development of new production processes or improvement of existing ones
Research services

Support the assessment of:

  • New orthotics or prosthetics
  • New medical equipment (e.g. commode chair, lift stretcher)
  • Rehabilitation products
  • Adapted sports equipment (e.g. para cycling, skiing, climbing)
  • Manufacturing processes (prototype design)
  • Home healthcare products (e.g. for seniors, people with disabilities, rehabilitation)


Support the design and development of:

  • Products
  • Preliminary and advanced prototyping
  • Processes
  • Tests and validation


Support manufacturing (expertise and equipment):

  • Custom milling (positive model casting for equipment production)
  • 3D printed parts
  • Tools to develop testbeds
Sectors of application
  • Consumer durables
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)

Laboratoire spécialisé



3D Laboratory

EOS Formiga P 110 SLS Printer

3D printer that uses SLS (selective laser sintering) technology and allows the production of several complex geometric parts in a single print.

3D Laboratory

AON3D AON M2 3D printer

Uses high temperature FDM (fused deposition modeling) technology, it allows for the design of parts using several materials, as well as co-extrusion.

3D Laboratory

Markforged X7 industrial carbon fibre 3D printer

Uses CFF (continuous fiber fabrication) technology and allows, among other things, to have a constant monitoring of the printing progress.

3D Laboratory

Markforged Metal X System

3D printer that uses ADAM (atomic diffusion additive manufacturing) technology and can manufacture complex parts of metallic materials.

3D Laboratory

Formlabs Form 3 SLA 3D printer

Stereolithography apparatus (SLA). Trio of additive manufacturing equipment that uses LFS (low force stereolithography) technology and offers a complete solution from printing to polymerization and part cleaning.

3D Laboratory

Raise3D Pro2 3D printer

3D printer with filament deposition with the ability to print two materials at the same time set at different temperatures.

3D Laboratory

Arkad Printer

Continuous printing available. Up to 100 pairs of insoles can be produced using 17 choices of densities adapted to each area of the insole.

Milling laboratory

Rodin4D Milling Machine, Model S

Milling equipment with numerical control specialized in the machining of positives by thermoforming.

Milling laboratory

Vorum Milling Machine

Milling equipment with a rotating axis and a flat carving surface, used to manufacture seats, orthopedic insoles, and other orthopedic and prosthetic models.

Mechanical laboratory

Hexagon Absolute Arm 8520, 7-Axis, RS6 Kit

Instrumented measuring arm for dimensional and geometric control of a multitude of parts.

Mechanical laboratory

MTS Exceed E42 Universal Testing Machine

Destructive and non-destructive mechanical testing instrument that can perform tensile, compression and bending tests.

TOPO Laboratory

Structure Sensor Pro (Mark II)

Scanning tool designed to create high-quality 3D models of patients for precise customization of orthotics and prosthetics.

TOPO Laboratory

Peel 3d Peel 2 3D scanner

Portable 3D scanning tool for orthotics and prosthetics that allows the scanning of small or large objects without any preparation.

TOPO Laboratory

Vorum 3D Plantar Scanner

High precision optical imaging device designed to capture the three-dimensional shape of the plantar aspect of human feet for the purpose of designing custom orthotics.

TOPO Laboratory

Vorum Canfit CAD software

Computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Allows for the rectification of digitized anatomical shapes of all kinds.

TOPO Laboratory

Fit360 FitFoot360 CAD/CAM Software

Digital plantar orthosis design software.

Biomechanical analysis laboratory

Vicon Vantage V5 system

Video acquisition system based on a set of 8 cameras to capture various movements in a laboratory environment.

Biomechanical analysis laboratory

AMTI MOBIUS-EI2 treadmill

Motorized treadmill equipped with two force platforms to measure the ground reaction force during walking, running or any other movement.

Biomechanical analysis laboratory

Force Plate Stairway (FP-Stairs)

Instrumented staircase with two force platforms to measure the forces generated by each foot when going up and down stairs.

Biomechanical analysis laboratory

Tekscan F-Scan system

Very thin sole-shaped sensors that fit into shoes and measure the centre of pressure during physical activity.


  • CDRM
  • Polyclinique Victhom
  • TurboMed Orthotics Inc.
  • O3D inc.
  • OHV Inc.
  • Cryos technologies Inc.