Fred's Laminating Tips




Here are some tips for laminating SleeveArt® fabric onto a prosthetic socket or orthotic device. Hope this helps......

For a clear high gloss finish, we now recommend ER Resin. For information about this product, go to Bulldog Tools click on prosthetic, then fabrication supplies. Click on the PowerPoint presentation by PRS. This is a crystal clear resin so fabrics and colors come through. Other advantages, soap and water clean-up, no acetone, no shelf-life, no hazmat, super strong.
If you are a practitioner looking for a fabrication lab that already uses this product, check out Grace Prosthetic Fabrication in Florida.

Old instructions - Perform your usual lay-up of Dacron felt (optional), then nyglass or similar, as usual. Then laminate the socket or device. Before you break out the plaster, rough up the outside with sandpaper. Now for the finishing layer: pull one white nylon sock or nyglass and the SleeveArt® fabric over the mold. Use a SleeveArt® laminating sleeve or wrap SleeveArt® fabric around the mold using "Spray 77" adhesive spray. Be sure to work out any wrinkles. Tie off each end. Apply your final PVA bag. Do not use a vacuum hose (nylon) as the final layer, SleeveArt should be your final layer. For a shiny finish, turn the PVA bag inside out before applying then laminate using a clear resin. Use a minimal amount of promoter (don't set the resin off too fast). Be sure to draw down firmly to remove excess resin with a parachute cord or similar. DO NOT SET RESIN OFF TOO FAST. Slow it down to a 20-30 minute or so lamination. Do not use full suction on vacuum, try half suction. These instructions are vital for best results especially when using the shiny foil fabrics and our custom printed sleeves, because the inks are heat and pressure sensitive.


*******Please know that if you try to cut corners by doing a single step lamination, you may not be happy with your result. We will no longer guarantee our lamination products to clinics that do not follow our tips for a two step lamination.*******


"I've noticed a larger volume of patients are requesting your laminating sleeves and I personally enjoy fabricating with them. It feels like an art project (fun) and the finished product becomes a thing of great interest to my staff. So, when the finished product looks good, I look good, too!" - Steve



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