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Buchanan Orthotics Embraces the Future of Orthotics with Cutting-Edge 3D Printing Technology

3d Printing Insoles

In a move that solidifies Buchanan Orthotics' position at the forefront of orthotic care in Scotland and the UK, we are thrilled to announce the opening of our very own in-house 3D printing laboratory.

3d printed hard and flexible insoles

This investment in cutting-edge technology positions us as the only orthotic provider in Scotland to boast a comprehensive 3D printing facility equipped with Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printers. This advancement allows us to offer our customers unparalleled customisation, flexibility, and precision in their orthotic care.

Tailored Solutions: FDM for Flexibility and SLS for Strength

Our 3D printing lab utilises two distinct printing technologies, each with its own strengths and ideal for specific applications:


Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM):

This widely used method works by extruding thin filaments of thermoplastic material (TPU in our case) through a heated nozzle, building the orthotic layer by layer. FDM excels at creating flexible and comfortable orthotics, which are ideal for patients requiring dynamic support or those with sensitive areas.

TPU insole being printed

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS): 

This advanced technology utilises a laser to selectively fuse tiny particles of polypropylene powder into a solid object.

 GIF showing SLS laser printing 

SLS produces highly durable and dimensionally accurate orthotics, perfect for situations demanding robust support and stability. Buchanan Orthotics is one of the first companies in the UK to print with this material. 

Unpacking the Cake from an SLS printer with insoles

Want to know more?

Contact our sales team to learn how 3d printing can benifit your clinic and patients.