May 13, 2010

Delcam launches 3D scanner for orthotic design

Delcam has launched the iQube, a dedicated 3D scanner to capture data for the design of orthotics. Delcam already supplies OrthoModel and OrthoMill, the industry-leading software for the design and manufacture of orthotics for either diabetic or rheumatoid patients, or for the correction of abnormalities caused by a biomechanical miss-alignment of the musco-skeletal system. Like the company’s software, the scanner has been developed in association with Delcam’s panel of orthopaedic, podiatric and orthotics experts to ensure that it provides a suitable solution for foot-care specialists and their patients.

The key attribute of the new scanner is its versatility. It can be used to capture data directly from the patient’s foot, either in weight-on, weight-off or semi-weight-bearing modes. The scanner weighs only 14kg, making it easily portable so it can be taken to any patients whose movement is restricted.

Alternatively, the iQube can be used to scan casts or foam-box impressions. The data can then be emailed to the laboratory that will manufacture the orthotic, along with the patient’s details, so eliminating the costs and time delays associated with delivering casts or foam boxes around the country or even internationally.

The iQube is also extremely fast and accurate. It is based on scanning technology developed for the aerospace industry, which allows high-quality, full-colour, 3D images to be produced in approximately three seconds.

The data collected is accurate to within 0.4mm. This ensures that the laboratory can produce a right-first-time orthotic that will put the patient on the recovery path as quickly as possible.