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heat-mouldable materials, vacuum-formed to positive foot casts, for manufacture of orthoses; in general, the higher the temperature required to mould the material, the stronger the resultant orthotic will be (Table 1)
Table 1: Common thermoplastics (3mm thickness) used in orthoses manufacture
MaterialMoulding temperature (°C)Heating time (minutes)
TL61 carbon fibre18020

Note: Heating times will need to be adjusted up or down for thicker or thinner materials.

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