A new open event for the discussion of digital technology

19th & 20th May 2011, University of Bath, UK


The Orthotic Technology Forum is the first event to focus on discussing new technologies and processes designed to assist Practitioners and Laboratories in prescribing and manufacturing Custom Orthotic Insoles. Our guest speakers are leading the way in developing and using different types of technology, from hardware devices to help measure biomechanical features, pressure and anatomical form, CADCAM tools for plasterless manufacture, as well as new ideas for increasing productivity and reducing manufacturing costs.

What subjects will be covered?

This is a unique opportunity for you to see a wide range of innovative technologies from a varied range of organisations, including:

Larry Huppin , Medical Director of Prolab Orthotics (USA)
Evidence based medicine: Foot imaging for custom functional foot orthoses

Craig Payne, Senior Lecturer, Latrobe University (Australia)
Cost benefit comparison of plaster casts and optical scans for the manufacture of foot orthoses

Clifton Bradeley, Owner, SUB 4 (UK)
New digital biomechanical evaluation devices and related theories

Craig Tanner, Head Podiatrist, Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital (Qatar)
Digital Orthotic System – Exploring the possibilities in a Sports Medicine Service

Stephen Newman, Professor of Engineering, University Of Bath (UK)
Cryogenic machining of soft material orthotics

Phil Wells, Technical Support Manager, Salts TechStep (UK)
Advanced CADCAM for custom Orthotic Insole Design

Chris Lawrie, Healthcare BDM, Delcam Plc (UK)
Workflow Management – web based orthotic order management

Lloyd Thomas, Owner, CycleFit (Germany)
Digital technologies for professional cyclist insoles

Adrian Bowyer, Founder of the RepRap Project, University Of Bath (UK)
Low Cost 3D Printing of custom insoles

Dr Roozbeh Naemi, Senior Research Officer (Iran), Staffordshire University
Mathematical force modelling to help design custom shoe soles and insoles

Francis Barrett , ALGEOS (UK)
Materials Technology

Michel Babin, President, TechMed 3D Inc. (USA)
Converting the clinician to CAD/CAM; a step by step approach

Greg Armstrong, President of sales and marketing, Mile High Orthotics (USA)
Going digital – are you ready?

* Content of this event may vary due to personal circumstances of the speakers.

Why Bath?

The University of Bath is pioneering research into advanced manufacturing technologies and their application in the custom orthotic insoles industry. The Roman Spa town of Bath is a beautiful traditional English town which was the setting for many of Jane Austen’s famous novels with many attractions for you to visit during your stay. See for more information and to plan your visit.

How to register your place

There will be a fee of £50.00 for delegates attending this event. If you would like to attend this event, please register and pay online at or contact Hannah Harlock at [email protected] Once you have successfully registered for the event, you will be sent confirmation along with details of hotels that we have negotiated special rates with.

Why should you attend?

You will see technologies already being used successfully by orthotics laboratories around the world alongside emerging technologies and research projects giving an insight into custom orthotic advances over the next few years. The event is educational and will expose attendees to new and emerging technologies including hands on experience with a tour of University of Bath’s machining facilities aswell as contribute towards your continued professional development.

There will also be an opportunity for delegates and speakers to network during the sessions and breaks to share experiences ,as well as giving you time to explore the Roman Spa Town of Bath with us.