3D printing? Yes – But so much more
3D printing is the process of creating a 3D object from a 3D digital model by adding material layer by layer.
What are the benefits?
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. Prosthetics are typically formed manually by carving foam blocks or pouring and grinding plaster molds to create a desired shape. This process requires significant time, resources and personnel. 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.
How does Extremiti3D’s process work?
It all starts with a 3D model from a 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”.
Extremiti3D applies engineering principles in the design of Prosthetic Sockets. We use the unique benefits of 3D Printing to create carbon fiber reinforced structures within the socket, what we call Carbon Fiber Infill Technology (C-Fit), so that every socket will pass ISO Ultimate Strength testing and 3 million cycles of loading.
Extremiti 3D’s line of 3D-printed sockets and protective covers can be ordered through our approved Central Fabricator, Friddle’s Orthopedic Appliances. Orthotic and Prosthetic clinicians can send us a scan of their patient’s limb, modified with any O&P modification software.
If no scanner or software is used, no problem. Clinicians sometimes prefer to fit a check socket to be sure they have the proper shape. This check socket can be shipped to us and scanned. We can return that check socket in a day plus shipping.
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