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Getting Started with 3D Printing Orthotics (Step 1): Work out which scanner is right for you

Updated: Dec 19, 2022

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The first step is to find a scanner that is right for you. Don't know which one to get?

You’ll want to shop around for one. But first, ask yourself these questions:

  • What is my capital expenditure?

    • Low

    • Medium

    • High

  • What is my time available for learning curve?

    • Small on the go

    • Medium would like it away from everyday

    • Formal in a large chunk

  • How do I like to learn?

    • To be shown by a real person

    • By reading instructions

    • By trial and error

  • What CAD system do I see myself using in the future? If you want to do your own modifications digitally and be designing your own products to be 3D printed, you'll need to get a scanner that integrates with a system that allows this, and might want to consider these systems now. An advantage of working with us, however, is accessing our 3D printed products without having or doing any of this (we cover this in Part 2 of this series, "Which workflow is right for me"). So if you want to get started quickly and easily, you can pretty much ignore this for now.

  • Are there extra costs involved bringing this scanner to the CAD package?

  • What devices are you wanting to use this scanner on?

    • Everything

    • Only spinal

    • Lower Limb orthotics

    • Prosthetics

  • What type of manufacturing possibilities are you wanting to be able to switch on?

    • Central fab

    • In-house from carves

    • 3D print CAD

Once you are clear on these, you’re ready to talk to the various suppliers of scanners, CAD systems and manufacturers and find out if they have a product that suits your needs.

Our platform will takes both .stl and .obj. files, so check that whichever scanner you pick can produce either of those, and you’ll be good!


Ready for Step 2?

Completed Steps 1 to 3?

Just book in an onboarding session and we’ll get you familiarized with our platform. Onboarding only takes up to an hour, and you’ll be off to a flying start in no time!

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