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A-footprint: Ankle and foot orthotic personalization via rapid manufacturing

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Javier Munguia ValenzuelaORCiD, Professor Kenneth Dalgarno


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Disabling ankle and foot pain affects a large proportion of the world's population and has major cost implications for healthcare systems. In Europe alone, the estimated annual cost of providing foot and ankle orthotics used to treat many of these conditions reaches (sic)312million. Personalized orthotics are usually prescribed as indicated treatment, however production costs and delivery times are significantly high, and their production remains craft-based with techniques such as impressions casts, templates and hand fabrication. The A-FOOTPRINT project aims to develop novel orthotics for the foot and ankle by exploiting the latest scanning, design and manufacturing technologies. This initiative is expected to act as a catalyst for the adoption of new design and manufacturing technologies by companies across Europe and the UK. One of the main outcomes is the set-up of a Rapid Manufacturing pilot facility run by Peacocks Medical Group, making it one of the first orthotic manufacturers in the world to embrace digital fabrication. This technology is intended to reduce to 48 hours the complete process of customised orthotic supply.

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Author(s): Munguia J, Dalgarno KW, Pallari J, Cook S

Editor(s): Bartolo, P.J., DeLemos, A.C.S., Tojeira, A.P.O., Pereira, A.M.H., Mateus, A.J., Mendes, A.L.A., DosSantos, C., Freitas, D.M.F., Bartolo, H.M., Almeida, H.D., DosReis I.M., Dias, J.R., Domingos, M.A.N., Alves, N.M.F., Pereira, R.F.B., Patricio, T.M.F., Ferreira, T.M.D.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 5th International Conference on Advanced Research and Rapid Prototyping

Year of Conference: 2012

Pages: 771-777

Publisher: CRC Press

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ISBN: 9780203181416