Delcam will demonstrate the latest version of its OrthoMODEL design and manufacturing software for custom orthotic insoles at the 2014 American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium to be held at the Hyatt Regency, Chicago, from 26th February to 1st March. This new release includes options for the design of corrective orthotics for the first time.
OrthoMODEL now offers "real-time design” of both accommodative orthotics, ideal for patients with diabetes and for those requiring comfort insoles, and corrective orthotics, to address problems with the patient’s foot orientation and gait cycle. Full details are available on www.orthotics-cadcam.com
The software has a direct interface to Delcam’s iQube range of scanners, all of which are able to scan the patient’s foot, foam boxes or casts. OrthoMODEL can also import scan data from most other systems.
Once the scan data has been imported, new trimming tools allow the removal of any unwanted data before aligning the scan. Faster alignment tools enable quicker design times, whilst giving information such as arch height, scan length and other key measurements.
Following scan alignment, OrthoMODEL creates the orthotic design automatically by simply selecting from a number of types. The range of types is configured by the user according to the way in which they prescribe. Each type has a "recipe” of parameters that is combined with the required trim profile and the scan to create a truly custom insole. A wide range of additions, including pads, bars and depressions, can be applied to the design to relieve pain or ulcerations.
Further to the already extensive range of parameters that can be adjusted, including arch fill, forefoot tapers, flanges, heel cups etc, the user can now also apply corrective features. Intrinsic forefoot and rearfoot posts can be added to adjust foot alignment, and heel raise or lift can be applied in the event of leg-length discrepancies. These new options enable OrthoMODEL to be used for corrective, as well as accommodative, applications.
Even with these added options, the new version of OrthoMODEL remains exceptionally easy for the practitioner to use. Rapid generation of designs that can be instantly visualised and modified in 3D ensures that the practitioner and customer are totally satisfied with the product before it is sent for manufacture and so minimises any possibility of returns.
The link to the OrthoMILL milling software has also been radically redesigned to allow automatic block and strategy selection based upon the chosen orthotic material. The software then generates the required toolpaths automatically, whether for milling on a single desktop machine or in different materials on multiple machines. Background processing allows users to continue to design new orders whilst the milling code is being calculated thereby maximising productivity.
As with all of Delcam’s products for the orthotics industry, the new software has been developed in association with Delcam customers from laboratories, podiatrists and orthotists around the world, coupled with Delcam’s knowledge of footwear design and manufacture gained from its relationships with leading brands.