New CAD/CAM system in Prosthetics & Orthotics!

Apr 02, 17

The Prosthetics & Orthotics Department is very excited to announce our new state of the art CAD/CAM system (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) for use in everyday practice! The system will be used to improve the design and fabrication process of both in-house and pre-made devices. It will replace the current use of plaster and fibreglass bandage to make a model of the client’s limb, and plaster of paris to design the device shape and for fabrication of the final device. The new CAD/CAM system was created by Canadian manufacturing company Vorum Research Corp.


The process:

  1. The system uses a 3D blue light optical scanner to make a 3D digital model of the client’s limb
  2. The Certified Prosthetist or Orthotist modifies the device in digital design software, and sends the file to the Registered Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician
  3. The Technician carves a positive model out of a light weight foam block on a 3-axis CNC carver (a computer controlled carver)
  4. The Technician makes the final device over this model


Benefits of the new system include:

  • more accurate shape capture
  • faster design and fabrication time with more options
  • fast prototyping and adjustments for growth
  • better data storage and retrieval
  • and an improved client experience!

Our team has a goal of using this new system for 90% of our fully custom-made devices by August of 2018. The system, both the hardware and software, is industry-leading technology. RCC is one of the first centres in Canada to use the full system. In the future we hope to use this system with other new technologies, like 3D printing. Our team is very excited to see how this new technology will help us improve client care!

Watch a time-lapse video of the carver to see it in action!