What is 3D printing?
3D printing is the process of creating a 3D physical product from a 3D digital model by adding material layer by layer.
How does 3D printing work?
It all starts with making a virtual design of the object you want to create. This virtual design is made with the use of a 3D scanner or CAD (Computer Aided Design) 3D modeling program. A 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object. CAD programs can be used to modify scans and convert them to be “printable”.
What are the benefits?
When fabricating prosthetics with 3D printing, material is added only where it is needed in precise layers, resulting in highly accurate protective covers and sockets, with no wasted material. Protective covers and sockets for prosthetics are typically formed manually by carving foam blocks or pouring and grinding plaster molds to create a desired shape. Afterward, there are a number of ways to make them appear attractive or cosmetic. This process requires significant time to achieve precise and accurate results. 3D printing eliminates the manual fabrication process and mess, leaving the clinician to do what they do best, prescribe and fit the most effective and comfortable products possible.
Extremiti 3D’s line of 3D-printed sockets and protective covers dramatically reduces the total fabrication time and cost and improves overall fit, comfort and durability. Using our proprietary process, and working with our approved Central Fabricators, Orthotic and Prosthetic clinicians can improve the quality of patient care and reduce the overall cost of fabrication.
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