AtlanticProCare, New England’s leading provider of customized mobility solutions and custom prostheses for amputees, has partnered with several fabricators to test 3D printed prostheses. The Maine based prosthetics supplier is currently working with three 3D printing companies — Extremiti 3D, Create O&P and Standard Cyborg — each of whom have unique offerings based on proprietary software, hardware and materials. AtlanticProCare provides custom created CAD designs for the printers and then tests the outputs. AtlanticProCare is the only prosthetics and orthotics practice in Maine participating.
“This program is right on the leading of edge of prosthetics,” said JP Donovan, CEO and Owner of AtlanticProCare. “It’s where the industry is heading, and we’re thrilled to be helping lead the way. We believe that 3D printing will soon be a new standard for delivering custom designed prosthetics.”
The 3D printing process removes several steps from the current manufacturing process for custom prostheses by eliminating the need for plaster and positive models. Its limitations include the cost of equipment and fewer materials options. At this point, that means firms like AtlanticProCare will have to use the technology as an outsourcing option. “We’re currently able to provide a custom fitted prosthesis in one visit with our RAM process and on-site lab,” said Donovan, “which we can’t yet do with 3D. But at some point, this technology will become the standard for everyone, and then we’ll be able to provide custom designs even faster.”
AtlanticProCare specializes in highly personalized prosthetic rehabilitation, with a wide range of custom mobility solutions that enhance the quality of life for amputee patients. Founded in 1993, AtlanticProCare is located in Portland, Maine, and serves patients across New England. Their 3D printed prosthetics program has been in place since late 2016 and AtlanticProCare has fitted over a dozen prostheses/orthoses using it.