Provel has been designing and building innovative automation since 1991. Our first product, the d1Digitizer, is still used around the world every day for prosthetic limb shape capture more than 20 years after we introduced it. We strive every day to make your work a little bit easier.
Provel is the work of many hands. It takes a diverse set of skills to create innovative automation. Our business is possible only with the help of our supplier partners and our customers. Close communication with our customers is key to our success.
Customers who are not just customers, but friends. We wouldn’t be here without them. If it’s not good for our customers, it’s not good for us.
Doing More With Less
Sustainability is the watchword of our time. Doing more with less. This is why our machines are fabricated in recyclable aluminum and stainless steel.
About Our Founder
David Firth, President, BS (Industrial Design), Stout Polytechnic
David has been involved in the evolution of prosthetic components and O&P automation for over 20 years. David’s multidisciplinary design career has encompassed a broad range of projects including chocolate production automation, silicon wafer handling automation, automated industrial machinery, commercial aircraft test equipment, aerospace composite processing, and prosthetic limb components. He has multiple patents.
“I like good tools. Sometimes I think I started this business just to have an excuse to buy more tools.” -David Firth
Dave Mathews, BS (P&O), CP, LP
Prior to starting Island Prosthetics & Orthotics on Whidbey Island in 2001, Dave was Research Prosthetist at PRS in Seattle and served as Clinical Director of Prosthetics Outreach Foundation. CAD CAM is an integral part of his work at Island Prosthetics & Orthotics. He has been involved in the development of ProvelCAD from the beginning.
Raymond Pye, BS (Industrial Design)
Ray has specialized in the design and manufacture of lower limb prosthetic and orthotic components in both the private and humanitarian sectors since 1985. Raymond directed manufacturing of the Seattle foot for M+IND Corporation and later worked as marketing director for the Asian region. Since 1996 he has been the Director of Emerging Programs for Mobility Outreach International which assists with physical rehabilitation development projects in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Haiti and Senegal. He received a New Zealand Certificate of Engineering from the Christchurch Institute of Technology in his native New Zealand and is currently a board member of USISPO.
You can find us 100 miles east of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascades. Our energy efficient building is situated on a hillside in a small valley 15 miles from the nearest town. When there’s enough snow cover in the winter, we’ve skied, snowboarded, snowshoed, and tobogganed the hill. Sometimes there are tracks from a vintage SkiDoo.
Photo taken from our office on bring your silver car to work day.