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Salts Techstep is using CADCAM software from Delcam to design and manufacture its custom orthotic insoles. Using the software, the company has increased the number of devices it can produce.

The company designs and manufactures custom-made footwear and appliances, such as surgical footwear, orthopaedic shoes and sandals, special shoes for patients with diabetes and rheumatism and paediatric school shoes and boots.

Phil Wells, technical support manager at Salts Techstep, has customised Delcam’s Powershape for design and Powermill for machining. With this experience, he was selected by Delcam to guide the development of its Orthomodel software for orthotics design.

The latest addition to the equipment at Salts Techstep is Delcam’s Iqube scanner, which is used to scan patients’ feet.

Key benefits of product application

  • The delivery time has been reduced from a minimum of 72 hours using previous manual methods to as little as an hour for urgent cases using the digital approach.
  • Salts Techstep no longer has to store fragile plaster casts taken from the patients as it can keep a digital record of the scanned foot data indefinitely; this saves a large amount of storage space and ensures a better service for patients requiring long-term treatments.
  • The finer finish that is available with milling means that the top cover needed for handmade orthotics can often be eliminated, further reducing costs and saving more time.
  • Milling has allowed a wider range of materials to be used, thus enabling a greater variety of properties to be incorporated into the orthotics.

Delcam supplies software and services that help manufacturing companies to maximise their profitability by increasing productivity, improving quality and reducing lead times. The company is the world's largest specialist supplier of computer-aided machining software, with its PowerMILL, FeatureCAM, Partmaker and ArtCAM programs making up the most comprehensive range of CAM systems from any developer.

This broad selection allows Delcam to offer a CAM system capable of machining virtually any product, in any material on any type of equipment. Delcam also develops product design, tooling design and quality control programs. The unique Tribrid Modelling approach to design incorporates solid modelling, surface modelling and triangle modelling in a single program, enabling complete design and reverse engineering projects to be undertaken without transferring data between software.

Delcam's Powerinspect offers fast, reliable comparison of parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD data on all types of inspection equipment and even on machine tools. This versatility has made it the world's leading hardware-independent inspection software. Related programs are available for checking machine tool set-up and part location. Delcam software is used in over 80 countries worldwide by around 40,000 organisations, from large multi-nationals to small sub-contractors, in industries including aerospace, automotive, dental, engineering, footwear, medical and toolmaking.

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