Delcam’s Orthotics Technology Forum a huge success in the USA
Delcam recently held the 2013 Orthotics Technology Forum in the USA, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, repeating the success of the 2012 event held at the University of Salford in the UK. The event showcased new and upcoming technologies and processes designed to assist practitioners in the prescription, design and manufacture of custom orthotic insoles and orthopaedic shoes.
Over 100 delegates from around the world, including Sweden, the Netherlands, France, the UK, Canada, South America, Japan, China and, of course, many states within the United States, attended this educational event, which was certified by BOC International, (The College of Pedorthics of Canada) and BAPO. The Forum presented delegates with a number of technologies from a wide variety of organisations, all committed to improving their patient services, efficiencies and profitability.
The guest speakers, who were experts in the field of orthotics and orthopaedic technologies, demonstrated hardware devices to help measure biomechanical features, pressure and anatomical form, and CADCAM tools for plasterless manufacture, as well as new ideas for increasing productivity and reducing manufacturing costs.
Subjects that were covered at the event included reverse engineering, unique designs for mass production, lean manufacturing applications, the use of ultrasound to assess plantar tissue behaviour, the integration of digital technology within a clinic or lab infrastructure, the evolution of orthotic design due to the unique possibilities of CAD, and the future of orthotic manufacturing.
Sponsors Freedom Machine Tool, Surefit, Nora, Acor, Mile High Orthotics Lab, Walking Mobility Clinics, Kiwi and e-CUSTOM also invested considerable time and effort into making the event such a success.
"This is the third year of the Forum and it has grown from strength to strength,” said Chris Lawrie, Business Development Manager for Delcam Healthcare Solutions. "It was an incredible event; Geza Kogler and the Georgia Institute of Technology were fantastic hosts and our speakers created a very informative Forum.”
Delegates were able to tour the institute’s extensive facilities as well as see cutting edge research projects, all taking place at one of the most highly respected universities in the Unites States; the first to offer a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO).
Maida Koller, Orthotics Business Development Manager for North America, added, "I was thrilled to have the OTF in the USA for the first time and extremely excited on behalf of my partners. The feedback has been excellent and we have decided to donate products to the Georgia Institute of Technology to help grow our relationship with this incredible organization.”
"I enjoyed every bit of this conference. I found it professional, informative and entertaining – it was fabulous,” commented Lee Anne Banheghi from Sole Experience Inc., while Frank Ledezma from Dr. Comfort said, "Thank you for inviting me to the Forum – I hope to have the opportunity to attend next year!”
Due to the continued success of the Forum, Delcam plans to host two separate events in 2014, one in Europe and another in the USA. If you are interested in attending please visit www.orthotics-technology-forum.com to register your interest.
26 July 2013