The keynote speaker at the event will be Clifton Bradeley, owner of Sub4, who will present the latest developments in sports podiatry. Other speakers will include Tom Weijer from Podomark and Jatinder Olk from Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital who will describe the business benefits of moving from traditional methods to digital design and manufacturing.
Another key topic at the Forum will be the possibility of using additive manufacturing or 3D printing, rather than machining for the creation of custom orthotic insoles. Presentations will be given by Professor Jim Woodburn, Director of Glasgow Caledonian University, and by Dr. Jari Pallari, Research & Development Manager at Peacocks Medical Group, on the capabilities of 3D printing.
Both additive and subtractive techniques will be demonstrated using equipment from Stratasys and BZT & HARDO respectively. The presentations and demonstrations will be followed by an Open Forum providing an opportunity for the delegates to question industry experts from both sides of the debate.
Like the previous meetings in the series, the 2014 Forum will cover new technologies and processes designed to assist practitioners and laboratories in prescribing, designing and manufacturing custom orthotic insoles. The event brings together leading providers and academics in the orthotics area into one forum to present and discuss technologies that are available today and that are coming in the future.