Below are some interesting questions about the Orfit product range, recently asked by one of our distributors. The Orfit Product Specialist team, Jean-Christophe Arias from France and Debby Schwartz from the United States, offers detailed answers to each of these questions.
We believe this information may be useful and helpful for everyone who makes orthoses with Orfit products regularly!
1) How can we easily cut sheets of thermoplastic material?
There are 2 ways:
- With a utility knife or box cutter, make 2-3 cuts onto the material, then bend the sheet, and cut it vertically in 2;
- Use strong scissors.
Due to Orfilight’s extreme lightness, foamy feel and lightly irregular surface, patients may not perspire as much. Orfilight sticks very well, but it’s easy to take apart if needed.
Our recommendation is to use 1.6 mm (1/16 “) for fingers, 2.5 mm (1/12 “) for wrist and thumb or rest splints for wrist, 3.2 mm (1/8 “) for larger splints.
You can use Orfilight Black NS with its non-stick NS coating for dynamic splints as well.
3) Is Orfit NS suitable for pediatrics? Is it possible to mold it directly onto clothes or on hairy skin?
Orfit NS is suitable for pediatrics, you can directly mold the material on any surface. Even if it sticks slightly when you start molding, it will be easy to take apart when cooled down.
If you want to separate 2 pieces of a sticky plastic, put them back in hot water (65° C) for a while and slowly tear them apart.
If 2 pieces of a non-sticky product stick to themselves, cool them off (with cold water): it is then easy to separate them.
4) Which materials become transparent at activation temperature?
5) Which materials are best for attaching metal, hinges, and/ or springs?
All our products (except Orfilight, Orfit Flex and Orfit Ease) are suitable if you want to fix something with screws or rivets, or use a hinge for larger splints.
If you want to attach a spring, our finger extension assist coil and wire and/or the Orfitube, you can choose between all products and thicknesses.
If you want to obtain something stronger, then use a material between 3.2mm (1/8”) and 4.2 mm (1/6).