Custom orthotics made through conventional manufacturing methods require casting, sculpting, molding, and fitting to be completed before they’re ready for the patient to wear. It can take up to six weeks before the orthosis is complete. But using 3D printing can improve not only the aesthetic, functional, and mechanical properties of the orthotic, but also drastically cut back the time and costs.
Researchers Luke Hale, Emma Linley, and Deepak M. Kalaskar from the NHS Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in the UK published “ A digital workflow for design and fabrication of bespoke orthoses using 3D scanning and 3D printing, a patient-based case study ,” about their novel workflow for using 3D scanning and printing to design and build custom orthoses. Then, they applied their workflow to “a clinically relevant translational case study in a patient with a neurological disorder and complex clinical needs.” 3D printed orthotic devices can be […]
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