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Delcam to preview new orthotics CADCAM software at AOPA

Delcam’s new OrthoMODEL offers automated design of custom insoles

Delcam will preview a new version of its design software for custom orthotic insoles developed specifically for accommodative orthotics on booth 908 at the AOPA Annual Meeting to be held in Boston from 6th to 9th September. In addition, company will demonstrate its new light-weight scanner, the iQube mini.

The new "real-time design” version of OrthoMODEL for accommodative orthotics will benefit practitioners and laboratories supporting patients with diabetes and clients needing comfort insoles produced from EVA and similar softer materials. It has been developed principally to meet the increased need for orthotics to provide proactive care of the feet of diabetic patients. Insoles give pressure relief across the foot, so improving patient outcomes and limiting treatment costs by reducing the risk of ulceration and eventual amputation.

With such clear medical and economic arguments in their favour, the manufacture of insoles for diabetic patients is seeing a large increase in demand as the spread of the disease is reaching epidemic levels. The volumes now required can only be met through the application of modern CADCAM technology in place of the traditional process using plaster casting.

With its more specific focus, the new version of OrthoMODEL is even easier to use than the previous more generic software. The design of the orthotic can created automatically from the prescription as it is input. Sculpting, cuts and additions, such as met domes to provide relief for ulcerated regions, can be added at any stage. The complete design can be visualised and modified in real time so that the practitioner or laboratory can be sure they are happy with the shape being generated before it is sent for manufacturing.

Alternatively, the design can be developed automatically using methods based on the many years’ experience of Delcam and its customers in helping patients with a range of problems. The user simply selects a button for the style or pathology of orthotic needed, for example, to provide care for a patient suffering from neuroma or from plantar fasciitis, and the software will generate the appropriate design.

The new scanner, to be called the iQube mini, will also benefit practitioners by providing a more portable device than Delcam’s current iQube model. The new model weighs less than thirteen pounds, within dimensions that are acceptable as airline carry-on luggage.

The new device captures accurate 3D data from the patient’s foot very quickly, with a typical scan taking between three and five seconds. It is supplied with an adaptor bracket so that it can be used for weight-bearing, semi-weight-bearing and weight-off measurements, with a suitable stand, such as a tripod or many standard VESA television mounts.

As with all of Delcam’s products for the orthotics industry, the new software and scanner have been developed in association with Delcam customers from laboratories, podiatrists and orthotists around the world, coupled with Delcam’s knowledge of footwear design and manufacture gained from its relationships with leading brands.

Both the new software and the new scanner are fully integrated into Delcam’s OrderManager workflow management system to provide both practitioners and manufacturing laboratories with a simple method for tracking the progress of orders from patient consultation to delivered insole.

31 August 2012

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