Subtractive orthotics versus 3D printed orthotics

At Auckland Orthotics, we like to stay on top of international trends and the latest news in technological development, so that we can ensure we can offer the best possible custom foot orthotics available on the market. With 3D printed orthotics in high demand, we’re taking a closer look at 3D solutions and how they compare to subtractive orthotics.

Subtractive orthotics are finished by hand and carved away from a larger sole. They are generally made from a multi-density material with different layers of material. In comparison, 3D printed orthotics are created by machine and typically comprise a single layer. These single-density orthotics are a good solution for mild injuries, however, they don’t manage to replicate the comfort and efficacy of multi-density custom foot orthotics.  

With any orthotic support, a custom approach is a good choice as this means that your orthotic solution is created based on the actual profile of your feet and with your specific health conditions in mind. Both the 3D printed orthotics and subtractive orthotics offer this. In this respect, 3D printing is certainly a step in the right direction. But it’s not yet ready to provide the level of detail and accuracy that allows patients to feel their best and achieve the best results.   

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