CASE STUDY - iORTHOTICS
INDUSTRY SEGMENT: HEALTHCARE | Prosthetics and orthotics
APPLICATION VERTICAL: HEALTHCARE | Prosthetics and orthotics
Established in 2009 in Mackay, Queensland, iOrthotics has become Australia’s premier resource for podiatrists who seek custom-made orthotic devices for their patients. Their customizable orthotics are designed with patients in mind and to make life easier for both clinicians and patients. iOrthotics ensures that all orders are manufactured and sent out within three to five business days.
In addition to using the latest digital foot/cast scanning processes, computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), iOrthotics is leading the industry in 3D printing orthotic devices.
During the past 18 months, iOrthotics' lab has investigated materials, software, hardware, and design processes to ensure their podiatry clients will receive a product that is not simply equal, but superior to traditional polypropylene.
Most notably, iOrthotics has been working with the Research Fellows from the University of Queensland’s School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering (Advanced Materials) to test the stress and strain properties of different materials.
3D PRINTING MAIN BENEFITS
iOrthotics needed to triple production capacity within a six-month period, and they were unable to use current manufacturing methods to scale quickly.
iOrthotics engaged University of Queensland’s Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering departments to test and benchmark all materials and to innovate and implement new technologies such as 3D printing.
FINAL PART: Customized
WHAT ARE FOOT ORTHOTICS PRESCRIBED FOR?
- Lower costs and shorter lead times compared with Injection Molding
- Superior part strength and durability compared with stereolithography
- 15% cost reduction compared with SLS
- Vastly improved surface finish compared with fused deposition modeling