A Liverpool orthopaedic business will be the sole UK supplier for a new 3D printer that can produce orthotic shoe or heel inserts. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool orthopaedic products manufacturer and supplier Algeos has secured an exclusive distribution deal on a new 3D printing machine.
Family-run Algeos will be the sole distributor in the UK and Australia of the Voxelcare VXC3DP Filament Cube printing unit. This is a 3D printer that allows clinicians to print foot orthotics. These are typically shoe or heel inserts.
This firm says this will reduce waste and manufacturing time and reduce NHS waiting lists in the process. The printing unit is ideal for private practice and clinical business development. It is also scalable for fast-paced orthotic manufacturers.
Originally founded Liverpool in 1881 by John Algeo as a leather dealing business, Algeos is now a manufacturer of podiatry, orthotics and footwear products and technologies. It has a global customer base and supplies 85% of the 295 NHS trusts across the UK.
Managing director, Max Sheridan, says this new product will be key in reducing amputation rates among diabetic patients through prevention. Diabetes is a leading cause of amputation.
He added: “It is testimony to our standing and reputation in the sector that Algeos has been chosen to expand awareness of this revolutionary new product across the UK and Australia.
“As well as treating a wide range of conditions, this kit will also go a long way in helping diabetic patients and preventing future amputations and complications. For me, this is all about prevention rather than wound management and rehabilitation.
“The foot orthotics created by the technology will be lightweight, making them ideal for sportspeople including cyclists, golfers, runners and triathletes. They will be slim, lightweight, and able to insert easily into all different types of sports footwear.”