A MOVE from using traditional milling methods to 3D printing marks the “future of podiatry”, according to Bayswater-based Mustard Seed Podiatry co-owner.
The clinic launched its 3D printed orthotics service this month after a month of testing.
Podiatrists will start with a 3D scan of a client’s feet and do a prescription before sending the results to a lab in Melbourne.
The lab processes the 3D scan and produces a wooden mould of the feet and make a shell with selected materials to fit the prescription.
Dr Samuel Ong said the clinic was one of the first clinics to offer the technology in Australia.
“We were really excited about the idea because there has not been much advancement in how orthotics are made the last decade or so.
“Moving onto 3D printing is a big improvement… with the new technology, it also means the end product itself is better than before.
“We believe 3D printed orthotics are the future, and we feel excited to be a pioneer of the change.”
Dr Ong said 3D printing was more environmentally sustainable than traditional methods, as it had a lower rate of material waste.