Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing can be used
in the field of Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Pedorthics to drastically
reduce the time and cost for devices while improving their fit and
Optical scanners quickly (< ~10 sec) produce objective, repeatable
3-D data for input into the CAD/CAM systems. This replaces time
consuming (90 min+), subjective casting methods.
Advanced software applications use the 3-D data, along with other
types of data, and operator input to produce a computer representation
of the final product or device used to create the final product.
All models and data are saved on the computer making iterative
modifications much easier.
CAM - The computer outputs instructions to
a machine to precisely and repeatedly create the final product
or intermediate device.