One very large industry that uses alginate is the Orthotics and Prosthetics industry (O&P).
When a prosthetic leg socket begins to wear out, it can be duplicated or a new socket can be constructed.
In either case, a mold must be made- either of the inside of the existing socket or of the residual limb. These molds are used to manufacture a new socket for the patient.
Accu-Cast's 370-SD alginate has been formulated to have ideal properties for this work.
- Easy mixing
- Fast set
- Extremely firm set (doesn't sag under its own weight)
- Low shrinkage
Sold by Southern Prosthetic Supply, Cascade Orthopedic Supply and a host of others, this product really fits the bill for prosthetics work.