Victor Robot joins LOC Manufacturing Team

LOC Manufacturing welcomes a new team member - Victor the robot!

Sam Walmsley stands next to Victor the Rodin4D robot and orthotic moulds milled out by the machine.

above: Sam Walmsley checking Victor's first carvings

Manufactured by Rodin4D, Victor is a seven-axis CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling machine that can precisely create orthotic and prosthetic moulds in any direction and across any plane.

This means that for the first time, we can design, model and manufacture trickier and unusual ergonomic orthotic body shapes on-site at our clinic in Kingston-upon-Thames. LOC is only the second location in the UK to have a robot with Victor’s capabilities.

What makes Victor different? Traditional milling machines work on fewer axes, making it virtually impossible to mill certain shapes. Milling neck collars under the chin, for example, is particularly tricky, and the foot has a right angle, which is very difficult to mill. Victor’s arrival gives us the capacity to mill increasingly advanced and complex shapes.

London Orthotic Consultancy staff using the Rodin4D technology

LOC Manufacturing staff member, Ruban, using the Rodin4D technology

In the past 12 months, we have been learning how to get the best out of Victor and at the same time the LOC Manufacturing team has refined and developed its modelling skills. This has meant that during the ongoing pandemic, we have been able to model and mill braces that are urgently required by a number of NHS hospitals and third-party orthotic clinics.

With Victor able and willing to work 24 hours a day from receipt of an STL/OBJ file (without a tea break), we have the capacity to deliver a precisely worked mould within 12-24 hours.

 

Improved Lead Times & Accuracy

To give just one example, one of our clinical clients, Prestige Healthcare, specialises in delivering myeloma spinal braces within a 48-hour turnaround to the NHS. Victor the Robot produces milled torsos in extremely complex spinal shapes, enabling Prestige to manufacture Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthoses (TLSOs) and Cervical Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthoses (CTLSOs) for the treatment of Myeloma within very tight timescales.

Victor is available now for milling contracts and commissions. Please get in touch to find out more.

Above: Victor carving a complex spinal mould in preparation for manufacturing a LOC Scoliosis Brace

Above: Victor carving a complex spinal mould in preparation for manufacturing a LOC Scoliosis Brace

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Milled moulds of the torsos from scans provided by Prestige Healthcare

Milled moulds of the torsos from scans provided by Prestige Healthcare

 

 

Need something carved?

If you would like to discuss your requirements for modelling and carving please contact:

FAQS:

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Kingston Upon Thames location:

  • Free parking
  • Wheelchair ramp
  • Disabled toilet
  • Baby changing facilities

We also have the Gait Laboratory for orthotics patients and Onsite Manufacturing for speedy turnarounds and adjustments whilst you wait.

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Cambridge location:

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Romford location:

  • Large waiting room
  • Disabled access toilet

Parking:

There is NO parking directly outside the clinic. These spaces are reserved for residents.

The nearest parking can be found at Billet Lane public pay & display opposite Queens Theatre, a 2-minute walk from the clinic.

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Due to COVID-19, we have had to temporarily close the Salford clinic and are operating out of another clinic in Bolton. 

508 Blackburn Rd,

Astley Bridge,

Bolton

BL1 8NW

 

For more information, please visit The Good Health Centre 

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Bristol location:

  • Free parking directly outside the clinic
  • Large Waiting Room
  • Free tea, coffee and water
  • No Toys (Due to Health & Safety Requirements of the clinic)
  • Baby changing space (In clinic room)
  • Fully wheelchair accessible
  • Short walk to Clifton Village centre for shops, restaurants & cafes

For more information, visit Litfield House Medical Centre.

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