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Delcam to launch new software for accommodative orthotics at AAOP meeting

Delcam’s new OrthoMODEL offers automated design of accommodative orthotics

Delcam will demonstrate the latest version of its OrthoMODEL design and manufacturing software for custom orthotic insoles at the 2013 Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium to be held at the Caribe Royal Resort in Orlando, Florida, on 22nd and 23rd February. This features developments specifically for the development of accommodative orthotics.

The new "real-time design” version OrthoMODEL 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.

The new version OrthoMODEL2013 is even easier to use than the previous software. The design of the orthotic can be created automatically from the prescription as it is input. Sculpting, cuts and additions, such as depressions to provide relief for ulcerated regions, can be added at any stage. The complete design can be visualized 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, OrthoMODEL allows Labs and Practitioners to embed their own clinical experience into the software to make custom insoles that match their preferred way of prescribing. Maida Koller, VP of North America Sales said, "We have worked on designs that are based on the many years’ experience we have had with our customers in helping with their patients’ range of problems. For example, to provide care for a patient suffering from neuroma or from plantar fasciitis, the user simply selects a button for the style or pathology of orthotic needed and the software will generate the appropriate design which matches their preferred way of prescribing.”

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 from around the world, coupled with Delcam’s knowledge of footwear design and manufacture gained from its relationships with leading brands.

17 January 2013

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