Custom orthotics have been around for thousands of years and have been used to treat different ailments such as bone, joint, and muscle impediments since the Iron Age. These early devices were created by artisans and trades people such as blacksmiths and were not the sleek minimalist design of today’s products.
The latest revolution in custom orthotics has been the use of 3D printing. The evolution of production-scale 3D printing has made custom devices available to the masses. What used to take measurements and custom molding along with weeks, if not months, and thousands of dollars can now be done in days with simple scans. Modern 3D printing allows for dozens if not hundreds of these devices to be printed at the same time, driving down the costs and improving accessibility.
These aren’t your run-of-the-mill desktop 3D printers though. When you need the accuracy and repeatability required for custom orthotics you need printing technology that can match it. The industry leader in this technology right now is the HP MJF 5200. With it’s large volume capacity and built for production set-up, there isn’t a technology better matched to the production needs of the custom orthotics industry.
Check out this case study from our friends at Hawkridge Systems to see how their customer has harnessed the power of 3D printing to deliver custom orthotics and footwear to their customers.
Tempus 3D is an Additive Manufacturing Service Bureau located in Trail, BC serving all of Western Canada including Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, and Edmonton with quick overnight delivery and competitive pricing. We use state-of-the-art HP MJF 5200 technology that allows for mass customization and production scale 3D printing. If you have a project you would like to talk to us about you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at 250-456-5268.
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