CAD/CAM: Time to Join the Digital Age
By Chris Handford
Why has CAD/CAM become so important?Fabian Santschi, Giglio Orthopédie, Carouge,Switzerland, shares his view: "CAD/CAMtechnology enables us to delight physiciansand patients: We can visit a hospital in themorning to scan a patient, then deliver as...
Building a Better Arm: Design and Fabrication in Upper-limb Prosthetics
By John M. Miguelez, CP, FAAOP(D); MacJulian Lang, CPO, FAAOP;Robert Dodson, CPO, FAAOP; Mariya Cameron; and Cullen Hays
Prosthetic arms and hands have advanced significantly in their functional capabilities and appearances over the past few years. Component manufacturers have introduced new multiarticulating hands and electric fingers, and smaller research labs hav...
All Hands, Hooks, and Fiberglass on Deck: The Many Materials of Upper-limb Prosthetics
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
In contemplating writing an article about the variousmaterials that can be used in our profession, mythoughts turned to a recent international casewith an atypical bilateral partial hand amputationpresentation. Because this would be the patient'so...
Bruce Daugherty: “Can’t” Never Did Anything
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel
May 24 is a significant day in Bruce Daugherty's life for two reasons. It's his birthday and it's his "ampuversary"-the day he underwent a right transtibial amputation in 2010. When asked why he wanted to schedule his amputation surgery on his bir...
Incorporating Metal Hardware in Laminations
By Ronnie N. Graves, BOCPO/L, CO, CTP
I imagine that many of us do not enjoy the process of riveting metaluprights onto KAFOs or the occasional metal hardware that we have toadd to our devices. I find it frustrating to have copper rivet heads againstthe inside or, worse yet, tearing u...
The Synergistic Potential of Embracing 3D Printing in O&P
By Chris Baschuk, MPO, CPO, LP
Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, allows for production of complex shapes that would be cost prohibitive or impossible to produce with traditional manufacturing methods. AM allows for quick, iterative prototyping to speed up the design...
Optimal Billing Strategies
By Erin Cammarata
With insurance reimbursements declining and the cost of doing business increasing, the processes O&P businesses use to ensure successful billing and collections must be as clear and straightforward as can be. The following points can help guide yo...
Starting Your Residency and Finding Your Feet
By John Pope, MS, MPO, CSCS
Congratulations. You have found theright residency. It's smooth sailingfrom here, right?
Industry Review - Conferences
OTWorld: Showing the Way to Quality Care of Tomorrow
The OTWorld international trade show and World Congress was held May 3-6 in Leipzig, Germany. The core themes were O&P, developments in rehabilitation, and new technologies in orthopedic care. Around half of the 542 exhibitors came from countries...
Exploring Fabrication Options
By Andrea Spridgen
Because many O&P interventions require custom solutions,it is imperative that technicians and fabricationlabs are able to explore the variety of techniques,materials, and new technologies that are available toproduce those devices efficiently and...
New Ottobock Feet Take Patients Across the Finish Line
You can dial in the stiffness level of new running feet from Ottobock so your patients can choose between a more rigid foot for more high-intensity work, or a more relaxed flexion for longer distance running.
Universal Scoliosis Screening
In a U.S. News and World Report Health Care article published online July 5, contributor Jacob F. Schulz, MD, an attending physician, Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Montefiore Health System, Bronx, New York, discussed the value of universal s...
Tillges Technologies is the go-to central fabrication facility for Minnesota custom AFO bracing and other orthotic device needs. Our highly skilled and qualified technicians collaborate with our certified practitioners in fabricating all of our custom-made devices. We pride ourselves on LEAN initiatives to reduce lead times and to continuously improve our quality standards on the products and services we provide. Tillges Technologies—we aim for perfection! Visit our website today to learn more.
Fillauer North Carolina's C-Fab (formerly OTS Corp.) specializes in orthotic fabrication, including KAFOs, AFOs, and CROW boots. We accept casts or molds. Contact us to learn more.
Fillauer North Carolina
Titan O&P Fabrications specializes in manufacturing customized orthotic and prosthetic devices. We manufacture quality prostheses using the best thermoplastics, composites, and expert techniques. We handcraft orthoses with skilled techniques and high-quality leather, metal, and plastics.
Titan O&P Fabrications
The Össur Custom Solutions team will quickly design and fabricate your lower-limb socket, custom liner, or complete prosthetic leg exactly how you want it, each and every time. And you won't pay extra for smooth brim edges, alignment transfers, or even foam carvings.
Download our free iPad app and combine it with a commercially available 3D sensor for a scanning and ordering solution that costs less than $400, while saving hours of labor and days of time. Call, visit our website, or e-mail us at for more information.
Össur Custom Solutions
Pinnacle Prosthetic Labs is a full-service, state-of-the-art central fabrication facility specializing in upper-limb prostheses. We focus on manufacturing perfect-fit upper-limb check sockets and sockets to give practitioners more quality clinical time with their patients.
We help your patients ponder something other than the fit of their prostheses. For more information, call, visit our website, or e-mail us at .
Pinnacle Prosthetic Labs
Spinal Technology is a leading central fabricator of spinal orthoses, upper- and lower-limb orthoses, and prostheses. Our ABC-certified staff orthotists and prosthetists collaborate with highly skilled, experienced technicians to provide the highest-quality products, fastest delivery time (including weekends and holidays), as well as unparalleled customer support in the industry.
Spinal Technology is the exclusive manufacturer of the Providence Scoliosis System, a nocturnal bracing system designed to prevent the progression of scoliosis, and the patented FlexFoam™ spinal orthosis. Call, visit our website, or e-mail us at for more information.
Spinal Technology Inc.
This cast tipped the scale at 118 lb. We won't tell you how much the patient weighed!
For super-sized patients and patients who have extreme deformities and mobility challenges, Townsend is the O&P industry's only one-stop shop for complex lower-limb bracing. No other manufacturer welcomes these difficult cases. Our comprehensive range of bracing options includes premium quality ligament and OA knee braces and our niche products—specialty KOs, AFOs, and KAFOs. For your convenience, we now stock Becker Orthopedic's most popular knee and ankle joints.
Townsend also has the in-house clinical and technical expertise to handle your most challenging central
fab needs. We have two CPOs on staff, all of our custom fabrication managers have worked at Townsend
for more than 20 years, and many of our fabrication technicians have at least a decade of tenure. So you
can count on our team to help you optimize each patient's mobility, function, and quality of life.
We recently introduced new KAFOs, thermoplastic braces, and hybrid orthoses—and we have doubled
our workspace to accommodate increasing demand. To learn more, speak with your Townsend
representative, or call 800.840.2722 to request copies of our bracing catalogs.
WillowWood's Custom Solutions team is an extension of your facility. We readily accept casts and CAD/CAM files to facilitate any clinician's preferred workflow. Our custom fabrication capabilities include:
- Positive model carvings
- Lower-limb diagnostic sockets
- Single- and double-lamination sockets
- Sockets with flexible liners and laminated frames
- Lower-limb foam cover shaping
We're pleased to offer the most competitive pricing for customized
prosthetic fabrication. Our pricing doesn't include hidden fees, so it's
easy to see the total price at a glance. WillowWood Custom Solutions is
your partner in providing patients with customized prosthetics.
WillowWood Custom Solutions
For over 14 years, South West Orthopedic Designs has been a leading alternative to the AFO of yesteryear. Utilizing advancements in lightweight, high-strength materials, we fabricate custom ankle gauntlets that are lighter, stronger, and slimmer than those of the past. Our special design is PDAC approved for code L-2755-
higher reimbursement potential over other AFOs.
With multiple colors, fabrics, and designs, your patients will appreciate the options. You'll appreciate the expert craftsmanship and customer service. Give us a try today. You'll soon find out why we've become the central fab of choice for hundreds of practitioners.
South West Orthopedic Designs
Apis is a manufacturer of custom foot orthotics and custom shoes. We promise to use top-quality materials in all custom products, and have a no-risk guarantee. Whether it is high-top athletic shoes or superwide comfort shoes, you can choose any style in the catalog. One pair of custom-molded inserts are included. Save more when you combine your regular shoe order with custom-made inserts. Free 3D camera offers instant data transfer, permanent recordkeeping, and huge savings on shipping and labor. Your satisfaction is our first priority. Do not fit, do not pay.
Apis Footwear Company
Custom fitted for the ultimate patient comfort. Custom sculpted, in great detail, to the mirror image of the sound limb. Traditional prostheses have been fabricated primarily to restore function with little emphasis on the aesthetic appearance. ARTech's natural looking restorations are virtually undetectable. ARTech silicone prostheses can improve gait and posture, ease lower back pain, relieve pressure on bone spurs and other sensitive areas, protect the tissue from further injury, and improve the operation of myoelectric hands. When a restoration has a natural appearance, sculpted and painted to match the opposite limb, utilization by the patient is maximized.
Founded in 2005, Advanced O&P Solutions was created to serve the O&P industry on a national level. In the years since we opened, we have developed a reputation for providing our clients with the products they can rely on to WOW! their patients. To further expand our WOW! service, we have created the Digital Manufacturing Lab (DML) to provide the most innovative solutions available. The DML has the capabilities to meet all of your engineering and design expectations. We can accept most file formats
Our full suite of engineering services include:
- Staff engineer and CPO with over 17 years of experience in the field
- 3 CAD O&P technicians
- White light and infrared 3D scanning
- Provel contact digitizers
- Autodesk/Delcam Tribrid modeling CAD suite (solid, surface, and mesh modeling)
- Professional 3D slicing software
- Delta 3D printer (15" height and 9" circumference print volume)
- 7-axis Kuka Robot CNC cell
- Library of custom shapes and templates
- Custom-to-client macros and templates
- Quantitative reporting of 3D volume and socket design parameters for insurance justification and outcomes
Our customers trust that we will give them and their patients only the best custom orthotic and prosthetic solutions, as well as exceptional service. Call, visit our website, or e-mail us at to experience our WOW! service.
Advanced O&P Solutions
Perfect 3D scanning tool for C-Fabs:
The Structure Sensor, 3DsizeME iPad app, and MSoft software offer the most compact, versatile, and affordable scanning solution for C-Fabs at $5 per scan. Customize the app to your colors or logo and include pdf order forms.
The creator of the original DAFO® (Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis) and the industry's leading manufacturer of pediatric lower-limb braces. The patient-focused company creates innovative products unmatched in quality, fit, and function-backed with a full, 90-day warranty and exceptional customer support.
With over 80 years of fabrication expertise, Fillauer's C-Fab in Chattanooga specializes in prosthetic and orthotic fabrication, including upper- and lower-limb
prostheses, RGOs, KAFOs, and AFOs. We accept scans and casts. Visit our website for order forms.
Extend your workbench with Ottobock Fabrication Services.
Handle overflow and unusual fittings with quality backup you trust. You can stay focused while retaining the flexibility to take on unique jobs even at the busiest
Becker Orthopedic's Custom Fabrication Services department is pleased to offer a full line of custom lower-limb orthoses, including standard and Oregon-style laminated AFOs and KAFOs. With direct access to the largest selection of orthotic components available, Becker is your partner in providing your patients with high-quality custom orthoses.
Since 1999 we have used
CAD/CAM technologies in
TLSO C-Fab. In September
2014, we introduced the
iSense and Sense scanners
to the O&P industry as an
economical solution for TLSO
3D scanning and transferring
.stl files for C-Fab. Starting
in 2004, we offered our Vmx
CAD/CAM Foam™ in standard
and custom-size blanks in
four densities for O&P in-house CAD/CAM fabrication. As
an experienced TLSO CAD/CAM C-Fab, we are committed
to O&P and are an established supplier of CAD/CAM foam
blanks. Our customers love our fabricated TLSOs, Vmx
CAD/CAM Foam, and friendly customer service, and they
consistently depend on us.
You need foot orthotic lab services. Amfit has served the medical
community for over 25 years specializing in custom foot orthotics and
orthotic technology. Let us show you what we can do-call for samples
- Single pair pricing starts at $30
- A5513-approved for diabetic patients, including toe filler and Charcot foot
- 5 EVA options in hardness levels 25-65 durometer (Shore A)
- Carbon fiber in rigid and rigid-flex
- Solid block milled polypro in flex, semi-flex, and rigid
- Service options include rough-milled, sanded, finished, 3/4-length, or full-length
- Send foam boxes or digital scans from Amfit Digitizer and Impress Scanner
- Equipment Programs include FreeScan, rental, and lease purchase
We want to positively impact your business and patient services.
Call or e-mail us at today.
"Our mission is to provide individually
customized prosthetic solutions of
the highest quality that help restore
mobility, encourage independence,
and promote confidence and positive
experiences in an individual's life."
From conventional to non-conventional,
we provide extensive, cost-effective,
quality prosthetic fabrication.
Vertical Mobility Solutions
Spinal Technology is a leading central fabricator of spinal orthoses and upper- and lower-limb orthoses and prostheses. Our ABC-certified staff orthotists and prosthetists collaborate with highly skilled, experienced technicians to provide the highest quality products, the fastest delivery time (including weekends and holidays), and unparalleled customer support in the industry.
Spinal Technology is the exclusive manufacturer of the Providence Scoliosis System, a nocturnal bracing system designed to prevent the progression of scoliosis, and the patented FlexFoam™ spinal orthoses. For more information, e-mail , call, or visit our website.
Spinal Technology Inc.
The Infinite Socket™ is the first modular and adjustable socket that empowers clinicians and users. Built-in tensioning systems, custom modular components, and advanced materials allow adjustability at the socket as the residual limb changes.
- Smarter: uses simple gestures to charge grips
- Faster: boost digit speed by up to 30%
- Smaller: new form-fitting anatomical design reduces profile in every dimension
Tidwell's Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker is available in standard black with a removable Plastazote insert, a full interface lining, standard rocker sole, and DACRON back straps attached with copper rivets.
Tidwell's Orthotics is offering the CROW with a turnaround of 5-7 days at an incredible price.
This unique AFO has been designed for people with Chopart amputations who wish to remain active. A traditional, full-length AFO will often be stiff and feel unnatural to such a patient. Using a hinged ankle and flexible foot plate with a segmented dynamic filler allows flexion before providing a "stop" that protects the residuum and prevents shoe vamp collapse. The PTB design and the anterior shell redistribute ground reaction forces up the lower limb. For more information, visit our website or call the lab toll-free.
Hersco Ortho Labs
Winner of the 2015 Spine Technology Award
This innovative new concept in bracing from Aspen is the only brace specifically designed for adults with scoliosis.
It has been shown to:
- Significantly relieve pain
- Increase mobility
- Promote better posture
- Improve the quality of life
Aspen Medical Products
The Freedom Agilix™ is a multiaxial, shock-absorbing, flexible foot system designed to manage loading impacts, reduce socket shear forces, and improve comfort while walking on nearly any terrain. The ultra-lightweight design offers low-impact K3 ambulators shockingly comfortable performance at a value like no other. Learn more about the Agilix on our website.
The patented offloading/realigning knee orthosis.
Achieve optimal varum or valgum stress without bulky or complex adjustments while the knee orthosis is being worn. The V-VAS™ orthosis treats osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease (DJD),
bowleg, knock knee, knee buckling, and gross medial-lateral instabilities. Its unique, polycentric,
adjustable hinge design creates an ideal bending moment that results in the precise offloading/realigning experience. It is the first long axis offloading, closed dynamic frame custom knee orthosis that doesn't need to be removed to adjust offloading. The mechanical axis is always nonbinding and auto-aligning.
Anatomical Concepts Inc.
Perfect for your pediatric fabrication needs.
Use these with your Dremel or Trautman carver to reach tight spaces and small edges. To order your five-piece kit or individual arbor, contact Fillauer or your preferred O&P distributor today.
Hersco's Lower Extremity Ankle Protection (LEAP) brace is designed to aid stability and proprioception for patients at risk for trips and falls. The LEAP is a short, semi-rigid AFO that is functionally balanced to support the foot and ankle complex. It is fully lined with a lightweight and cushioning Velcloth interface. Easily secured and removed with two Velcro® straps and a padded tongue. For more information, visit our website or call the lab toll-free.
Hersco Ortho Labs
The decision will not impact current BOC-certified orthotists, prosthetists, and pedorthists.
The Board of Certification/ Accreditation's board of directors recently approved a plan to sunset the acceptance of new applications for its orthotist, prosthetist, and pedorthist certifications. BOC will accept applications for the orthotist, prosthetist, and pedorthist credentials through July 31.
BOC remains committed to representing the interests of the orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic professions by continuing membership and active participation in the O&P Alliance and will continue to provide assistance to all BOC-certified professionals throughout their entire careers.
Board for Certification/Accreditation
With a unique and proprietary formulation, Encore Liners create a superior feel for increased patient comfort.
Features and benefits include:
- Infused with medical-grade mineral oil and vitamin E
- Durable nylon outer covering
- Available in three thicknesses for anterior and posterior
- Available in cushion or locking design
- Locking liner pin threads are 10mm-1.5mm
ALPS EasyLiner™ is formulated with EasyGel, which contains an antioxidant blend that is an effective hydroxyl scavenger and has been reported to have beneficial effects for the skin. The EasyLiner features a flat encapsulation for additional comfort, and high-performance fabric for more durability. It is available in 3mm and 6mm uniform thickness, or tapered 6/3mm distal to proximal.
With two sleek new surfaces to choose from, birch and black, your patients will love Allard's ToeOFF 2.0 Addition™. The smooth surface allows pant legs to slide easily over the brace. The colored surface extends further down the strut and the D-ring straps include score lines to allow for trimming. Birch is a classic natural pattern that blends in with various wardrobe options. Black is a sophisticated matte finish that provides a soft, chic look and feel. Both offer the same great features of the ToeOFF 2.0. Contact Allard USA for more information.
The Mini BladeXT for children is designed to offer a complete solution that can be worn for every activity. The Mini
BladeXT offers outstanding stability, ground compliance, improved comfort, and optimal energy return.
- Twin split toe and heel spring with traction sole
- C-shaped toe spring for optimal energy response
- Suitable for children 44-132 lb. and activity level 3-4
- Dazzling Pink or Electric Blue color choice
The end of rigid brims
The new SwingBrim™ technology offers the same dynamic brim comfort as the full Socket-less Socket™, but can now be integrated into existing sockets as well. No more static brim shape. No more hard ischial seat. It's the difference between sitting on a hard chair versus sitting in a soft hammock. View the free SwingBrim and Socket-less Socket training at MartinBionics.com.
Bulldog Tools is your high-quality source for your everyday central fabrication needs. At our facility in Lewisburg, Ohio, we specialize in designing, engineering, and manufacturing our own line of certified, high-quality products and materials at a revolutionary low cost. We are family owned and operated-American owned and American made. We treat our customers with the respect they deserve, we always try to accommodate custom requests, and we continuously deliver new and innovative products. If you haven't tried Bulldog, now is the time. Call us today for your new catalog.
A complete system for cost-effective automation in facilities of all sizes.
Scan, modify, carve, and thermoform. The cordless S1 Scanner allows fast, accurate 3D shape capture with unmatched
ease of use and at low cost. Newly released ProvelCAD modification software is easy to use and template based. The C7 Carver is not only fast and precise, its self-contained dust collection system is extremely quiet. The T7 Thermoformer, now with IR sensing, consistently produces high-quality thermoplastic sockets from industry-standard preforms. Compatible with AOP, OBJ, and STL files.