With more people recognizing the importance of good foot care, particularly in our later years, The Retiree magazine has published an article on 3D Orthotics. The article looks at the various conditions, ailments and diseases that orthotics are being used to help treat. From pain relief to posture correction orthotics have many proven applications and are literally becoming the foundation in many healthy lifestyles. The Retiree Magazine is “the ultimate lifestyle publication for those that are retired, semi-retired or approaching retirement and, most importantly, those who believe that life really does begin at 50!“. The magazine is published quarterly and covers everything from travel, gardening, great recipes, health and well-being, finance and plenty of other great articles for the modern retiree. To read more visit www.the-retiree.com.au and to read the article about 3D Orthotics go to their online eBook at http://ebook.aprs.com.au/i/306783/74.
We are very pleased to announce our further involvement with the Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong through the sponsorship of the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Competitions. 3D Orthotics is proud to announce our sponsorship of two entire categories in the 2014 competition. In 2013, the Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong organised six (6) Senior High Schools Technology Competitions in NSW, two (2) Senior Colleges Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Competitions in the ACT and two (2) Junior High Schools Industrial Technology Competitions in NSW. These are: NSW Engineering Studies Competition | Year 11 & 12 NSW Design & Technology Competition | Year 11 & 12 NSW Industrial Technology Competition | Year 11 & 12 NSW Industrial Technology Competition | Year 9 & 10 ACT STEM Competition | Year 11 & 12 UOW Maths Digital Media Competition | Year 7 – 12 3D Orthotics is privileged to be part of this amazing competition, that aims to promote innovation, creativity and lateral thinking among today’s young thinkers. At 3D Orthotics we advocate new ways of doing things, making things and creating things. As the STEM competition actively promotes and rewards this way of thinking we saw it as a perfect fit for a 3D Orthotics and the University of Wollongong to join forces and help support the next generation in breaking the mould. The STEM program has gone from strength to strength in it’s relatively short history, testament to the success of the program thus far. With more and more schools becoming part of the competition every year, 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet. More sponsors, more prizes, many more students and some very exciting times ahead for all that are involved. For more information on: The University of Wollongong check out their website: www.uow.edu.au Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences: eis.uow.edu.au/index.html STEM Competition: http://eis.uow.edu.au/highschoolcomp/UOW146510.html
What a great article by 3dprintingindustry.com about our launch night. “Three weeks ago, Mike introduced 3D Orthotics, an Australian company using 3D printing to make custom, medical-grade insoles. As Mike indicated then, the three young profressionals who have founded the company — Brisbane podiatrist Justin Hogg, robotics engineer Wes McCombe and software engineer Russell Considine — were gearing up to host the official launch party, which took place on 30th January at The Light Space in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, Australia. We’ve since had word from the guys that the event went extremely well, together with some images that back up said word. …” Continue reading the article about 3D Orthotics here http://3dprintingindustry.com/2014/02/07/3dorthotics-launch-party-promotes-3d-printing-demos/
At the Light Space in Fortitude Valley last Thursday night, three young Australian professionals hosted the world launch of a product set to revolutionize the custom orthotics industry. In what is considered to be a world first, 3D Orthotics combine high accuracy digital foot scanning technology with the most advanced 3D printing technology and specialist podiatrist calibration to produce the most accurate orthotics available in the world today. Described as the three amigos by launch convener Seth Lawrence, Brisbane podiatrist Justin Hogg, robotics engineer Wes McCombe and software engineer Russell Considine, explained that their combined talents provided the necessary technological breakthroughs to bring 3D Orthotics to the market. Amigos they may well be – the friendly chemistry between them was clear as the audience, which included health professionals, scientists, engineers, 3D printing specialists from the U.S.A. and sports people, including elite athletes Mitch Kealey and Alana Boyd, were taken through the fitting and production process. Heads nodded in agreement as Hogg spoke of the small blemishes in today’s orthotics which inevitably occur as a result of plaster moulding techniques which can lead to significant frustration for the wearer. He likened the experience to the irritation we feel when a grain of sand finds its way into our sock. Hogg also detailed the unique differences 3D printing offers compared to milling, multiple intrinsic densities, complex structures and ever evolving material choices. Hogg then explained that this is overcome through the 3D orthotics high accuracy digital foot scanning technology and engineering software which models a computerized prescription for a 100% accurate orthotic. The 3DO process is demonstrated in this animation. The launch promoted the use of 3D printing as a new frontier for high tech manufacturing. It included a small scale demonstration of the latest 3D scanning equipment, a 3D printing demonstration provided by Nick Gates of Sheldon College and a 3DO printed orthotic demonstrated against a 3D printed foot. “3DO offers accuracy in fit that is a real game changer” enthused Olympian and pro triathlete, Mitch Kealey made comment. He added “I’ve tried all of the current methods for fitting orthotics, plaster cast and heat moulded, but none were quite right. 3D Orthotics is an exciting change to the way orthotics are made.” The audience was told that despite clear product superiority, 3D Orthotics will be available at comparable prices to orthotics currently on the market. 3D Orthotics are now available for the first time in the world at any of 5 locations throughout Brisbane. Appointments can be by telephone on (+61) 1300 039 199, firstname.lastname@example.org or through online booking here.
Thank you to everyone who attended our launch party. It was truly an amazing night and very fun too! For those of you who could not make it, we appreciate your support and messages from all across the world. With lots of great interactive displays and a very hands-on experience for everyone involved it was great to see so much interest and engagement with the technology. With such a diverse range of guests it made for a great night and some really interesting conversations. Thank you to all of interstate and international guests and of course to all of the local Brisbane attendees. Stay tuned for more info and we’ll post the photos of the night very soon.
3D Orthotics is proud to announce the inclusion of an article about 3D Orthotics on the worlds biggest 3D printing news website 3ders.org. Check it out here. 3Ders is a website dedicated to advancement in 3D printing technology and real world applications. 3D Orthotics is helping to advance the medical applications of 3D printing starting with Podiatric Orthotics. We are pleased to announce the start of a long line of functional medical devices which we are certain will help the lives of many patients looking for a true custom fit for comfort and mobility which these products enable.