Delcam is to host an Orthotic Technology Forum at the University of Bath on 19th and 20th May. This is believed to be the first event to focus specifically on new technologies and processes designed to assist Practitioners and Laboratories in prescribing and manufacturing custom orthotic insoles.
The Forum will feature a group of international speakers who are leading the way in developing and using different types of technology, including hardware devices to help measure biomechanical features, pressure and anatomical form and CADCAM tools for plasterless manufacture, as well as new ideas for increasing productivity and reducing manufacturing costs. The event will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to see a wide variety of innovative technologies from a combination of diverse organisations.
Speakers confirmed to date include:
Larry Huppin, Medical Director, Prolab Orthotics (USA)
Craig Payne, Senior Lecturer, Latrobe University (Australia)
Clifton Bradeley, Owner, SUB 4 (UK)
Craig Tanner, Head Podiatrist, Aspetar Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Hospital (Qatar)
Stephen Newman, Professor of Engineering, University of Bath (UK)
Phil Wells, Technical Support Manager, Salts TechStep (UK)
Dan Swatton, Healthcare Technical Product Manager, Delcam (UK)
Lloyd Thomas, Owner, CycleFit (Germany)
Adrian Bowyer, Founder of the RepRap Project, University of Bath (UK)
Dr Roozbeh Naemi, Senior Research Officer, Staffordshire University (UK)
Francis Barrett, ALGEOS (UK)
Michel Babin, President, TechMed 3D Inc. (USA)
Greg Armstrong, President of Sales and Marketing, Mile High Orthotics (USA)
Their presentations will cover technologies already being used successfully by orthotics laboratories around the world, alongside emerging techniques and research projects giving an insight into custom orthotic advances that are expected to be available over the next few years. The programme will also include a tour of University of Bath’s machining facilities, where pioneering research is being undertaken into advanced manufacturing technologies and their application in the custom orthotic insoles industry.
As well as being supported by Delcam and the University, the Forum is being sponsored by ALGEOS, Mile High Orthotics Lab, Salts TechStep and TechMed 3D. As a result, the fee for the event, including the conference dinner at the Roman Baths, is only £50.