Key to the process is an innovative thermoplastics compound that has the property to be thermally moulded at a temperature comfortable for skin contact, but which is a semi-rigid rubber-like solid at body temperatures.
This property when applied to splint and cast production by the latest techniques of additive layer manufacturing allows for the creation of patient specific products via a rapid methodology offering real benefits in delivery time, accuracy, comfort and ease of adjustment.
Dr. Zuoxin Zhou, Research Fellow – Engineering Materials
“I am very pleased to tell you that 3D structures were successfully printed today using your material, and with good quality. Your material is definitely processable using our modified FDM technology. And to be honest, it is the most straightforward material I have ever tried in our equipment”
Steve Cooke, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
“I’ve been working with children with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions for 10 years in 5 different hospitals in 3 countries across 2 continents. Without exception, the provision of splints and orthotics suffer with exactly the same problem, specifically the significant delays between prescription, measurement, manufacture and fitting. It is not uncommon for there to be 3 months or longer between deciding a patient needs a splint and she or he actually receiving it. Small children are already growing out of the orthotic on the day they start using it. “
“Using torc material, which can be fully customised on the patient, will revolutionise orthotic care”