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Delcam launches new CADCAM software for accommodative orthotics

Delcam’s new OrthoMODEL offers automated design of custom insoles for diabetic patients

Delcam has launched a new version of its design software for custom orthotic insoles developed specifically for accommodative orthotics.

The new "real-time design” version of OrthoMODEL for these devices 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.

As with all of Delcam’s products for the orthotics industry, the new software has 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.

14 December 2012

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