Orthotics and Prosthetics specialist Aortha is to move forward with a full launch of its pioneering 3D insole technology at the start of next year.
The decision to roll out the technology, which can print a pair of insoles in an hour, follows huge interest from the UK and North American markets.
Aortha, part of ALG International Holdings which also includes Algeos, unveiled its insole product advance at the BAPO (The British Association of Prosthetists & Orthotists) Conference in Manchester in March as well as PAC (Pedorthic Association of Canada) and PFOLA (Prescription Foot Orthotic Laboratory Association) in Vancouver this month.
Hugh Sheridan, CEO of ALG, said it had received a “tremendous response” to the new technology which will allow custom-made and more supportive insoles to be created six times faster than anything else on the market.
Hugh said: “We have been able to test the market with our 3D insole innovation and will now be moving full steam ahead towards a full product launch in the first quarter of 2016.
“The 3D printing market is moving quickly and the tremendous feedback we have had from customers demonstrates that we are creating something significant.
“Aortha OrthaPrint and Aortha OrthaFlex will 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.