Orthotics and Prosthetics
The SFCC Orthotics-Prosthetics Program is housed in the recently constructed Technical
Arts building. Students enjoy the use of a 9,000 square foot laboratory which is
separated into specific fabrication areas surrounding a large central lab. The laboratory
is designed to closely duplicate a large, state of the art orthotic-prosthetic facility.
The 2800 square foot main lab provides ample room for each student to work and learn
in a safe, well lit, pleasant environment. Each student has an individual workstation
consisting of a rock maple work bench, appropriate vises and bending fixtures, and
alignment equipment. Storage lockers are provided for fabrications and personal
belongings. Computers are provided for access to learning materials.
The plaster room is a large, bright area giving the student the opportunity to create
plaster forms called "positive models" over which many kinds of orthoses
and nearly all prostheses are fabricated.
Metal Fabrication Room
The metal fabrication room gives students the opportunity to learn to use power
equipment for fabricating, modifying and finishing metal components. The room is
large and has many pieces of equipment so many students can work without having
to wait. The generous space between each piece of equipment allows students to work
The sanding room is equipped with modern machinery used to shape artificial limbs.
The equipment is used to trim and polish plastics for braces and limbs. It
also cuts, bores and routs materials as necessary. In addition to normal shop equipment,
there are six socket routers specifically built for the orthotics-prosthetics industry.
There are at least two of each heavily used machine so there is seldom a wait. A
high volume dust collector reduces particulates in the air for a healthier breathing
The plastic room is used to fabricate limbs and braces from laminating resins and
vacuum formed thermoplastics. Two large convection ovens and a modern infrared oven
provide plenty of heat so that many students can work at once. There are ample vacuum
stations for laminations and an excellent ventilation system to help control fumes
from the plastic resins.
The sewing room is used to produce the many leather and fabric components that are
used on limbs and braces. Belts, straps and suspension components used to secure
appliances are custom made for the individual. This area is also used to perform
shoe modifications for adaptation to orthotic components. It features large work
tables to spread out leather and lay out large pieces of fabric.
The Competency Based Education lab is a large student resource area for the use
of all students in technical arts programs. Orthotics-Prosthetics students use this
area to access video, slide, and CD learning resources as part of their learning
activity packages. O and P students also use this area for quiz taking, testing
and accessing the internet.