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Delcam to show orthotics CADCAM software and scanner at BAPO conference

Delcam’s OrthoMODEL software offers automated design of custom orthotic insoles

Delcam will demonstrate the latest versions of its software for the design and manufacture of custom orthotic insoles, plus its iQube foot scanner for the collection of patient data, at the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists Annual Conference to be held in Telford from 22nd to 24th March.  Delcam’s UK Sales Manager will present the company’s latest developments in a paper at the Conference on Friday 22nd.

Delcam’s main focus at BAPO will be on the ‘real-time design’ version of its OrthoModel design software for accommodative orthotics to show how it can benefit healthcare professionals treating patients with conditions affecting the lower limbs such as diabetes.

Custom orthotic insoles provide proactive care of the feet of diabetic patients by giving pressure relief across the foot.  This can improve patient outcomes and limit 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.

The latest version of the iQube scanner is accurate to less than 100 microns and very quick, 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 software and scanner have been developed in association with Delcam customers from laboratories, podiatrists and orthotists around the world, coupled with the company’s knowledge of footwear design and manufacture gained from its relationships with leading brands such as Nike and Reebok.

Both the new software and the new scanner are fully integrated into Delcam’s Order Manager 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 orthotic.

15 March 2013

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