January 23, 2017

Friday, September 20

8:00 – 9:30 AM

Prosthetic Free Papers—Caring for the Transtibial Amputee, Part I (C16A-F)
Osceola B

The following presentations run consecutively within this program.

8:00 AM – 8:14 AM

Minimal Clinically Important Difference in Biomechanical Characteristics of Prosthetic Feet— Randomized Double-Blind Laboratory and Community Testing (C16A)
Michael Orendurff, PhD

This double-blind randomized controlled trial found that over a wide range of functional levels transtibial amputees indicated a preference for prosthetic feet that had lower peak moments during late stance.

8:15 AM – 8:29 AM

A Clinical Comparison Between Two Common Transtibial Prosthetic Suspension Systems (C16B)
Sadeeq Ali, PhD

A comparison of two common prosthetic suspension systems in ten transtibial amputees: Less pistoning versus easy donning and doffing.

8:30 AM – 8:44 AM

Identification of Sensory Contributions to Stance Control in Transtibial Amputees (C16C)
Adam Goodworth, PhD

Systems identification modeling was used to identify sensory contributions to balance in three transtibial amputees. Results indicate the three amputees differed from controls in their use of sensory orientation information for stance control.

8:45 AM – 8: 59 AM

Stride Length-Cadence Relationship is Disrupted in Below-Knee Prosthesis Users (C16D)
Charla Howard, Doctoral Student

Stride length and cadence exhibit a strong linear relationship in healthy controls. This relationship was found significantly altered in below-knee prosthesis users and permits control for discriminating prosthesis users with high sensitivity and specificity.

9:00 AM – 9:14 AM

Active Dorsiflexing Prosthesis May Reduce Trip-Related Fall Risk (C16E)
Angela Bauer, CO, LO
Noah Rosenblatt, PhD

In this study we hypothesized that regardless of speed or incline, the foot would significantly increase toe clearance during swing and in turn significantly decrease the likelihood of tripping on an unseen obstacle.

9:15 AM- 9:30 AM

Influence of Transtibial Prosthetic Alignment Perturbations on Socket Reaction Moment Interactions (C16F)
Toshiki Kobayashi, PhD

This study investigated the effect of systematic alignment changes on socket reaction moment interactions in 11 amputees with transtibial prostheses.



8:00 AM– 9:30 AM

Orthotic Free Papers—Sensible Solutions in Pediatric Care (C17)
Osceola D

The following presentations run consecutively within this program:

8:00 AM – 8:14 PM

Spine Bone Mineral Density Associated with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (C17A)
Ghazi Alamrat, CPO
Fatima (Mohammed Zaki) Ahmad Al-Rousan, BME

A study at Prince Rashed Military Hospital determined the spine bone mineral density associated with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The age range of the study subjects was 15-29 years.

8:15 AM – 8:29 AM

Analysis of a New Radiographic Evaluation Tool for Idiopathic Scoliosis, The Overall Coronal Trunk Symmetry Index (C17B)
Sun Hae Jang, CO

A new posterior-anterior (PA) radiographic evaluation tool was created by the PI for studies to determine whether a well-balanced and properly aligned spine and a symmetric trunk, achieved by an orthosis are useful parameters in predicting a successful orthotic outcome.

8:30 AM – 8:44 AM

Ankle Foot Orthosis: Effects on the Gait of Children with Myelomeningocele Under a Dual Task Paradigm (C17C)
Nikta Pirouz, CPO
Tasos Karakostas, MPT, PhD

Ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) have been shown to be effective at providing balance, stability and efficiency during gait in children with myelomeningocele (MMC). This study assessed changes in gait and cognitive performance of ambulatory MMC as a function of the use of an AFO.

8:45 AM – 8:59 AM

The Effective Outcomes of Utilizing a Tuned DRAFO with a Part Time Wear Protocol (C17D)
Davin Heyd, CO

The presentation demonstrates an effective outcome based protocol that is repeatable and predictable. The key is utilizing biomechanical principles and methods.

9:00 AM – 9:14 AM

Gross Motor Skill Changes in Children with Developmental Delay, Hypotonia and Significant Pronation (C17E)
Megan Smith, CO

This presentation will discuss the gross motor skill changes of four patients with developmental delay, hypotonia and significant pronation wearing SureStep SMOs.

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

A Novel Spinal Brace in Management of Scoliosis Due to Cerebral Palsy (C17F)
Yu Moriguchi, MD, PhD
Yoshihiro Matsui, PT

A novel spinal brace was applied for management of scoliosis due to cerebral palsy. Radiological evaluation and subjective/objective assessment of activities.



8:30 AM– 9:30 AM

Hamontree Lecture Series (B7A-C)
Osceola C

The Sam E. Hamontree, CP Business Education Award was created to recognize the best business education paper, or proposal submitted for presentation at the National Assembly. This award is envisioned as a counterpart to the Thranhardt Award given each year to the best clinical abstract(s). The audience will be invited to cast their vote for the award winner. The winner will be announced at the Saturday morning General Session.

The following presentations run consecutively with in this program:

8:30 AM – 8:49 AM

Using Lean Principles to Document Changes in Staff Workflow and Patient Services (B7A)
Donald E. Katz, MHA, CO/L, FAAOP

Lean can be described as a management strategy that is based on removing waste in a process with the aim of increasing workflow and improving outcomes. Another key premise of any lean initiative is to measure the results of such efforts to quantify whether meaningful improvements were realized. These principles were employed in the structural redesign of a lab supporting a busy, hospital-based pediatric orthotic practice. The presentation will illustrate how staff contributed to the redesign effort, the effects the new design had on staff performance, and its impact on patient care.

8:50 AM – 9:09 AM

Comprehensive Evaluations, Documentation and

Education are Worth More than any Device (B7B)
Bret Bostock, CO

In our device-driven field, orthotists and prosthetists often forget the value of their patient evaluations, clinical documentation, and patient physician and payer education in their day to day care of patients. As health care in the United States continues to focus on “what things cost”, O&P clinicians need to focus on communicating to physicians, payers, and state and national congressional leaders the life-changing outcomes they provide their patients, and the value it brings to the U.S. healthcare system.

9:10 AM – 9:30 AM

Marketing Your O&P Facility: Tips, Tools and Best Practices (B7C)
Karen Henry

As U.S. healthcare continues to undergo sweeping changes, many O&P facilities are retooling their marketing approach in order to maintain success. This presentation will outline some of the factors that make marketing essential for today’s O&P practice.



8:30 AM– 9:30 AM

Texas Turbo AFO Fabrication Using a Carbon-Infused Polypropylene Prepreg Sheet Material Compatible with Vacuum Thermoforming
Hall A
Kevin Mathews, CO/LO

Join your colleagues in the technical fabrication laboratory for live demonstrations and in-depth education. Thanks to many of the exhibitors we have a technical fabrication laboratory set up similar to a cooking show where you will have the opportunity to participate in the best learning available.



9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Dr. Jan Geertzen (C18A)
The 2013 O&P World Congress is pleased to have Jan Geertzen as our day two keynote speaker. Dr. Geertzen, immediate past president of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and has been very supportive of the Congress and the partner organizations.

Dr. Geertzen serves as immediate past president of ISPO International and Head of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Center for Rehabilitation, University Medical Center Groningen. Dr. Geertzen is a researcher, international speaker and author of numerous papers that have been published worldwide. This presentation will focus on research at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Groningen. Skin problems of the residual limb in lower limb amputees are relatively common in daily clinical practice, possibly impeding prosthetic use. This impediment may influence the level of activity and level of participation in the daily life of a lower limb amputee. However, the knowledge concerning these skin problems was based on published expert opinions, without the availability of a systematic evaluation of present epidemiological evidence.



10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Biomechatronic Research in Prosthetics & Orthotics (C18B)
Urs Schneider, MD, PhD
Bernhard Budaker, Dr.-Ing.

This presentation is hosted by Congress partner Con. Fair.Med, a subsidiary and education arm of the German Association of Orthopaedic

Technology. Drs. Schneider and Budaker have been an integral part of the congress planning committee. This presentation will focus on Biomechatronics Research in Prosthetics & Orthotics. Biomechatronics is an applied interdisciplinary science that aims to integrate biology, mechanics, and electronics. It also encompasses the fields of robotics and neuroscience. Biomechatronics is how the human body works. For example, four different steps must occur to be able to lift the foot to walk. First, impulses from the motor center of the brain are sent to the foot and leg muscles. Next the nerve cells in the feet send information to the brain telling it to adjust the muscle groups or amount of force required to walk across the ground. Different amounts of force are applied depending on the type of surface being walked across. The leg’s muscle spindle nerve cells then sense and send the position of the floor back up to the brain. Finally, when the foot is raised to step, signals are sent to muscles in the leg and foot to set it down.



11:00 AM – Noon

Symposium: Focus on the Amputee— End User Demands Drive the Future (C19)
Osceola A
Dan Berschinski, Lt.Col. (Ret.)
Marshall Cohen, Esq., PhD
Andrew Hansen, PhD
Dieter Juptner, CEO, Federal Amputees Assoc. Germany
Urs Schneider, MD, PhD

Join us for a real world panel discussion as representatives from the Federal Amputees Association of Germany and the Amputee Coalition take a look at the future requirements as end users drive future developments.



11:00 AM – Noon

Instructional Course: Discrimination Between Outcome Measurement Tools to Assess Clinical Effectiveness: Is there one Right Tool for Prosthetics? (C20)
Osceola C
Robert Gailey, PhD, PT
Ignacio Gaunaurd, PhD, MSPT
Michele Raya, PhD, MSPT, ATC

The clinical use of outcome measures has become a standard in many specialty areas of rehabilitation and healthcare. The need to begin the conversation of “standardization of outcome measures” is of paramount importance when attempting to demonstrate accountability in regards to quality of care, improved performance, and cost-effectiveness. The presenters will demonstrate a systematic approach to determining the most effective outcome tools for different amputee populations, with the intention of allowing participants to determine which instruments best apply to their clinical practices. Finally, participants will be able to build their own outcomes “tool box” to promote the best possible  documentation of efficacy related to their prosthetic intervention and patients’ performance.



11:00 AM – Noon

Symposium: Advancing the Adoption and Utilization of New Lower Extremity Orthotic Technologies (C21)
Osceola D
Kelly Clark, CO
Deanna Fish, MS, CPO
Cheryl Kosta, PT

The adoption and utilization of advanced lower extremity technologies occurs at multiple levels; specifically the patient, the clinician, the payer and the medical community at large. Effective implementation and provision is imperative to the acceptance of the technology into the medical marketplace. This symposium will focus on the 10 critical dynamics of the diffusion of innovation in today’s current orthotic practices.



11:00 AM– Noon

Fabrication of a Custom Urethane Partial Foot (T11)
Hall A
Alex Brett, RTO(c)

Join your colleagues in the technical fabrication laboratory for live demonstrations and in-depth education. Thanks to many of the exhibitors we have a technical fabrication laboratory set up similar to a cooking show where you will have the opportunity to participate in the best learning available.



11:00 AM – Noon

Your Mock Audit: Are You Ready for the Auditor to Examine Your Claims Record? (B8)
Osceola B
Joe McTernan, Director of Coding & Reimbursement Services, Education & Programming, AOPA
Devon Bernard, Manager of Reimbursement Services, AOPA

Join AOPA’s Coding and Reimbursement staff for this interactive session where actual patient charts will be reviewed from the perspective of a Medicare auditor. Learn where common but costly mistakes are made and how they can be avoided, and in some cases, corrected. After several pre-selected cases are reviewed, you’ll have the opportunity to possibly get the expert’s opinions on one of your own claims. A random process will be used to select a few attendees who will have the opportunity to have mock audits performed on their own patient charts and discuss the results among their peers.



1:30 – 2:30 PM

Competitive Bidding Storm Clouds Gathering

We’ve seen how overly aggressive CMS activities have decimated the care you can provide to Medicare amputees.  Now, just when we have hard economic data demonstrating that orthotic intervention saves Medicare money, ill-advised, short-term thinkers show signs of turning their draconian, money grabbing tactics toward similar desolation in orthotics, denying Medicare beneficiaries the synergy of the quality devices AND clinical care they deserve.  Attending this session will give you the inside picture–so you can be both forewarned and forearmed.

Competitive Bidding: Devastation to Orthotic Patient Care OR Just a Passing Storm?

1. What Authorities Has Congress Given to Medicare for CB in O&P, and What Boundaries Have Been Set to Protect Patient Care?

2. Tangible CMS Steps Toward CB for Orthotics, Demonstration Projects & Publication of Draft Off-the-Shelf List

3. Signals from CMS of Possible Rogue Overreach on Orthotics

4. What Is AOPA’s Plan–What Should You Be Doing?



2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

German and American Technology Developments in Prosthetics and Orthotics (C22)
Osceola A

Learn about the latest technology developments in P&O from top German and U.S. researchers.

Urs Schneider, MD, PhD
Bernhard Budaker, Dr.-Ing.
Johannes Schneider-Littfeld, MSc
Eric Nickle, PhD
Ralf Link



2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Award Winning Thranhardt Lecture Series (C23A-D)
Osceola C

Don’t miss the “best of the best” at the award winning Thranhardt Lecture Series. Launched by a gift from JE Hanger in memory of Howard R. Thranhardt, CP, the series offers an honorarium to the winners. This years’ contenders are outlined below.

The following presentations run consecutively within this program.

2:00 PM– 2:09 PM

Opening Remarks About Thranhardt Lecture Series

2:10 PM – 2:29 PM

Effect of Compliance Counseling on Brace Use and Success in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (C23A)
Kevin Felton, CO, LO

If we can counsel and show a patient how much they are actually wearing a brace at each visit, are they more likely to have increased compliance with their actual wear time?

2:30 PM – 2:49 PM

Stratified Cost-Utility Analysis of C-Leg vs. Mechanical Knee Prostheses: Findings From a Retrospective Study on 127 Transfemoral Amputees (C23B)
Andrea Giovanni Cutti, PhD
Emanuele Lettieri, PhD

A prosthetic component can have very different impacts depending on the specific patient. The aim of this work was to analyze the cost-utility of the C-leg compared to a limited set of mechanical knees, differentiating subjects in specific sub-groups.

2:50 PM – 3:09 PM

Can You Tell Which Foot is Which? (C23C)
Silvia Raschke, PhD
Michael Orendurff, PhD

This double-blind randomized controlled trial offers evidence that prosthetic foot design has a quantifiable effect on amputee gait kinetics and preference during community ambulation.
3:10 PM – 3:30 PM

Prosthetic Limb Users Survey of Mobility (PLUS-M) (C23D)
Brian Hafner, PhD

Learn about the development of a prosthetic limb users’ survey of mobility and validation efforts that has been undertaken to assess the psychometric properties of this instrument.



2:00 PM– 3:30 PM

Stance Control KAFO Fabrication (T14)
Hall A
Roger Broick

Join your colleagues in the technical fabrication laboratory for live demonstrations and in-depth education. Thanks to many of the exhibitors we have a technical fabrication laboratory set up similar to a cooking show where you will have the opportunity to participate in the best learning available.



2:30 PM– 3:45 PM

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Compliance for Patient Care Facilities, Manufacturers and Distributors (B9)
Osceola B
Larry Pilot, Esq.

What suppliers—domestic and international—need to know about FDA rules and how patient care facilities and central fabrication facilities may find themselves at risk. It is important for the entire profession to be aware of the FDA’s role as it relates to the O&P field and specifically how to prepare your business for compliance with FDA regulations. This program is geared to address the needs of patient care facilities, manufacturers and distributors doing business in the USA, but can also be a useful learning experience for all global attendees.



3:45 PM– 5:45 PM

Everything You Need to Know to Survive RAC and Prepayment Audits in a Desperate Environment (B10)
Osceola B
Peter Thomas, Esq.
Joseph McTernan, Director of Coding & Reimbursement Services, Education & Programming, AOPA
Devon Bernard, Manager of Reimbursement Services, AOPA
Christina Hughes, Esq.

Make sure you are properly armed to defend your business and your patients! There is no place other than AOPA to get the best advice and ammunition you need to be ready for the continuing battle against unfair and egregious audit activity by Medicare and its contractors. Medicare audits are on the rise and are here to stay. Orthotics and prosthetics are no longer flying under the radar of Medicare auditors. The release of the OIG report on Medicare payments for lower limb prostheses in August of 2011 effectively placed O&P providers in the auditing spotlight and the resultant delays to cashflow have been devastating. Waiting for the audits to go away on their own is simply not an option. You must be willing to face them head on, modify your standard operating procedures to help reduce your risks, but also be braced to actively fight for the reimbursement you deserve through every step and every level of the appeals process. This 2 ½ hour session, presented by the most knowledgeable experts in O&P reimbursement, including attorneys with direct Medicare audit litigation experience, will help you to defend your practice from egregious audits on both a pre-payment and post-payment basis.

Attendees will:

• Learn to understand the differences between audit types (RAC,

CERT, Pre-Payment Probe, Post-Payment Probe, SMRC, etc.)

• Learn how to develop audit response strategies based on the specific audit types

• Discuss strategies to reduce the likelihood of: (1) being audited; and (2) having reimbursement either delayed or clawed back if you are audited

• Learn how to maximize the use, and prospects for success within the appeals process

• Understand the legal limits on the number of audits that can be performed and how far auditors can go back (auditors often do not, and if you don’t know to protest you will be at their mercy)

• Learn how O&P audits differ from DME audits

• Learn how to continue to provide excellent patient care in a volatile audit environment

• Discuss the Physician Documentation Template being developed by CMS

• Learn how to collect interest on recouped monies

• Receive a Compendia of Key Documents relating to what CMS has said, on the record, about perceived compliance shortfalls, as well as AOPA efforts to address unfair Medicare audits

• Receive an update on AOPA advocacy and litigation efforts.

AOPA continues to fight the war against arbitrary and egregious audits by Medicare contractors but, as a matter of survival, members must be prepared to fight and win the continuing day-to-day battles. Join your colleagues at this unprecedented, one-of-a-kind crucial session and make sure you are properly armed to defend your business and your profession.



4:00 PM– 5:30 PM

Modern Prosthetics (C24)
Osceola A

Recent developments and contemporary systems will be shared during this session, including state of the art hip disarticulation treatment and initial experience with a new combination of components. The panel discussion includes:

Survey Lecture
Frank Braatz, PhD

Hip Disarticulation – State of the Art
Merkur Alimusaj, Dipl.-Ing

New Mimetic Mobility Systems
Adam Baier, BOCP and Alan Kercher, BOCP

Prosthetic Fitting and Biomechanics of Partial Foot Amputation
Prof. Siegmar Blumentritt, PhD

Practical Use of Pro.vision in Daily Work
Martin Pasurka



4:00 PM– 5:30 PM

Prosthetic Free Papers—Caring for the Transtibial Amputee, Part II (C25A-H )
Osceola C

The following presentations run consecutively within this program.

4:00 PM– 4:10 PM

Hip Disarticulation into Above Knee Amputation and Prosthetic Management (C25A)
Burhan Dhar, CPO

A novel surgical procedure converts a hip disarticulation surgery into an above knee amputation wherein a viable residual limb and functional hip joint is created. Conversion of hip disarticulation into above knee amputation goes a long way in energy saving and better gait.
4:11 PM – 4:21 PM

Development of Quality Control Tools for Prosthetics and Orthotics—A Consensus Initiative (C25B)

Soikat Ghosh Moulic, CPO, Assistant Director, Mobility India Learn to utilize quality controls and check lists to ensure that each step involved in the fabrication of P&O devices is reviewed to identify errors to minimize rejection and ensure overall quality standards.

4:22 PM – 4:32 PM

Novel Methodological Approach to Measure the Functional Significance of Elevated Vacuum Suspension on Residual Limb Circulation (C25C)
Cameron Rink, PhD

Review a novel methodological approach to assess residual limb circulation in acute and chronic response to elevated vacuum suspension. Modalities include in-socket probe based measurements and out-of-socket imaging platforms.

4:33 PM – 4:43 PM

Biomechanical and User Testing of the Vari Flex XC Rotate (C25D)
Jeroen Nijman, MSc

Hear a study that shows user acceptance of a prosthetic foot that allows shock absorption and rotation. Most interesting in this study is the clear use of rotation in straight walking (2.8 degrees).

4:44 PM – 4:54 PM

Comparative Outcome Assessment using Video Gait Analysis: A Case Study (C25E)
Cara Negri, BSME, CP

Observational Gait Analysis (OGA) is the most common practice of assessing gait in orthotics and prosthetics. Hillman developed a Prosthetic Observational Gait Score (POGS) based on the Edinburgh Gait Score for Cerebral Palsy because of its excellent reliability. The POGS protocol was used in a video gait analysis software to aid in observational gait analysis.

4:55 PM – 5:05 PM

Comparison Between Carbon Fiber Feet with Interposed Elastomeric Layers and Systems with Energy Storing or Damping Components Within Users of Mobility Classes Two and Three (C25F)
Bernhard Kastner, CPO

Discover the results of an observational multi-center study on the use of carbon fiber feet with integrated elastomer units. Surveys of amputees and prosthetists were conducted regarding stance phase characteristics of traditional damping and energy-storing feet in contrast with that of the test foot.

5:06 PM – 5:16 PM

A System for Evaluating and Training Amputees in the Effective Use of a Pattern Recognition-Based Prosthesis (C25G)
Michael Powell, PhD
Rahul Kaliki, PhD

Learn about a newly developed novel patient evaluation and training platform for the use of myoelectric pattern recognition control for upper limb prosthesis.

5:17 AM – 5:27 PM

Transfemoral Suspension Systems: A Comparison between Common Suction Socket and Seal-In liner (C25H)
Sadeeq Ali, PhD

Review a survey to compare a seal-in liner with the common suction socket with regards to patient satisfaction and problems experienced with the prosthesis.



4:00 PM– 5:30 PM

Caring for our Service Members—Prosthetic Advancements (C26A-E)
Osceola D

The following presentations run consecutively within this program.

4:00 PM – 4:17 PM

Fall-Prevention Training for Warfighters with Transtibial Amputations (C26A)
Kenton Kaufman, PhD, PE

A novel rehabilitation program has been developed for individuals with lower extremity amputations. Trained subjects have reduced falls and retained improved recovery skills for 6 months after receiving the training.

4:18 PM – 4: 35 PM

The Use of Computer Aided Design and Additive Manufacturing (CAD-CAM) in the Rehabilitation of Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (C26B)
Todd Sleeman, CP

The use of CAD-CAM has streamlined the process of moving from an idea to a functioning product. Using the technology, prosthetists at Walter Reed National Military Medical center have increased patients’ independence with ADLs and allowed themto return to specializing recreational activities.

4:36 PM – 4:53 PM

Factors Related to High-Level Mobility in Service Members With Traumatic Lower Limb Loss (C26C)
Ignacio Gaunaurd, PhD, MSPT

Although many service members who experience traumatic lower limb loss seek to return to active duty and high-level mobility activities such as sports, not all are able to achieve this goal. This research examines the possible relationship between factors modifiable by rehabilitation intervention, other factors related to lower limb loss, and high-level mobility in service members with traumatic lower limb loss.

4:54 PM – 5:11 PM

The Comprehensive High-level Activity Mobility Predictor (CHAMP) a Measure of Higher Level Prosthetic Performance in Service Members with Traumatic Lower Limb Loss (C26D)
Robert Gailey, PhD, PT

The Comprehensive High-level Activity Mobility Predictor (CHAMP) is a measure of higher level prosthetic performance. The CHAMP was developed to be safely performed by all unilateral and bilateral lower limb amputees who had achieved a minimum level of prosthetic performance during rehabilitation. This study examined the construct validity and responsiveness of a new performance-based assessment instrument called the CHAMP as a measure of high-level mobility in Service Members (SMs) with traumatic lower limb loss.

5:12 PM – 5:30 PM

Evolutionary Advancements in Modular Socket Interface Designs—NASA Robotics Research Enhances Socket Interface Capabilities (C26E)
Jay Martin, CP, LP, FAAOP

This presentation will discuss specific clinical case studies, fabrication, and fitting of a modular fabric-based interface design in upper and lower extremity prosthetics, and orthotics.



4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Technical Demonstrations: Evolution of the Dilatancy Plaster-less P&O Technologies (T16)
Hall A
Dr. Yeongchi Wu

Join your colleagues in the technical fabrication laboratory for live demonstrations and in-depth education. Thanks to many of the exhibitors we have a technical fabrication laboratory set up similar to a cooking show where you will have the opportunity to participate in the best learning available.



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