Pioneering 3D technology that can print a pair of insoles in an hour was unveiled at the BAPO (The British Association of Prosthetists & Orthotists) conference in Manchester (March 20th).
The revolutionary new technology allows custom-made and more supportive insoles to be created six times faster than anything else on the market.
The technology, developed by Aortha, could help millions of people with foot conditions. Aortha is the orthotics and prosthetics brand owned by Liverpool-headquartered ALG International Holdings which also includes the medical products distributor Algeos.
Hugh Sheridan, CEO of ALG International Holdings, said: “Opticians can make lenses in an hour for their customers. Now Aortha OrthaPrint and Aortha OrthaFlex can provide orthotists and podiatrists with the ability to print a pair of insoles in an hour.
“The technology transforms the speed with which custom-made, multi-density insoles can be produced.
“This advance fits with the ALG mission to develop and bring to market life-changing products that not only change the way people move, but also the way they feel.”
The OrthaPrint with OrthaFlex special material for 3D Printing can build an insole with an enhanced degree of precision. The material’s elasticity enables it to print at high speed.
This new manufacturing technology builds up layers of plastic which are just millimetres thick until a 3D object is created.
The breakthrough has a number of other benefits including financial and energy savings and the ability to recycle plastic materials if mistakes are made.
Aortha unveiled the new 3D technology at BAPO at The Point, Lancashire Cricket Club March 20-22, Stands 1&2.
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