Essentium, a provider of 3D printing solutions for manufacturing industries, and Vorum, a CAD/CAM processes company specialising in the orthotics and prosthetics market, have agreed an exclusive global partnership to develop 3D printing for the medical sector.
Essentium + Vorum, a 3D print solution for O&P customers worldwide, offers practitioners a “SurePath” to success for the production of mass-customized O&P devices at speed and scale, say the companies.
It also provides a proven transition methodology including proof of concept mapped to individual customer business goals, design, deployment path, training, installation and support.
Until now, the absence of a reliable 3D printing platform and the lack of materials able to produce O&P devices of optimal strength and weight have been a major barrier to health organizations establishing 3D printing O&P devices.
The Essentium + Vorum exclusive global partnership eliminates these barriers.
The partnership brings together the Essentium High-Speed Extrusion 3D Printing Platform and materials with Vorum’s O&P CAD/CAM solutions and SurePath methodology.
With 30 years of experience in O&P digital processes, Vorum developed SurePath to provide O&P clinicians with a proven approach for 3D printing implementation, training and support.
This program’s commitment to intentional and tailored goal-setting and tracking will help O&P practitioners make a swift and successful transition from plaster-casting methods to 3D printing in any O&P production setting.
It removes the risk, complexity and economic barriers of transitioning from legacy O&P production to 3D production.
By delivering the benefits of scale, speed, reliability and mass-customization, it will give O&P practitioners more time to focus on patient health, and patient access to the most advanced O&P devices available.
Carl Saunders, CEO and founder of Vorum, says: “Our partnership with Essentium means we can offer O&P customers the confidence that they will have the device they desire every time they print.
“We know that practitioners don’t want to waste their time with experimental technology – they want to know that their investment in a 3D print solution will deliver the best devices for their patients.
“With our SurePath solution, we know that what Vorum can provide in collaboration with Essentium is a trusted end-to-end solution for the digital design and manufacture of orthotics and prosthetics that have the ability to improve people’s lives.”
Blake Teipel, CEO and co-founder of Essentium, says: “Our ground-breaking 3D printing platform combined with Vorum’s expertise will not only help O&P customers embrace a faster, more efficient method for producing custom-made orthotics and prosthetics, but the medical devices will also be produced with high quality and durability.
“Together we are re-writing the business and production model for O&P professionals that bring profoundly important mobility and independence to their patients.”