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Computer-Aided Design/Manufacturing Systems, Orthopedic

Definition : Systems designed for manufacturing and/or repair of orthopedic orthoses and prostheses using computer-assisted design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) techniques. These systems typically consist of a scanning unit that combines light sources and a video camera for in-vivo scanning of the body (e.g., foot, spine), a workstation with appropriate software to process the data from the digital topographical image taken by the scanner and provide output for a computerized manufacturing unit (e.g. milling/drilling or additive manufacturing machine), and an automated computer milling/drilling machine that manufacture the orthosis and/or prosthesis. Some systems may also acquire digitized data from mechanical contact mapping units (e.g., foot plantar digitizer) or from body pressure measuring units. CAD/CAM orthopedic systems are intended for automated manufacturing of orthoses and prostheses from ceramic, composite plastics, and/or metal blocks. All units of the systems may be located in orthopedic offices or the manufacturing unit may be located in a separate orthopedic laboratory.

UMDC code : 36160

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