Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

I don't normally write about indiegogo campaigns, but on the topic of 3D printing, I came across an inspiring campaign on indiegogo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids

Examples of back braces created from 3D scans of peopleExamples of back braces created from 3D scans of people

Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready.

Diamo was quadriplegic, and had very little head control, so he needed extensive treatment to help with his posture. With the brace, he was able to concentrate better in school as he was not wasting so much energy just trying to keep himself upright. He was able to be fed more easily and had more interest in activities. Simply put, a back brace improved his quality of life considerably, despite the fact that the procedure to get one made was painful and tedious.  

Sadly Diamo passed away on his 9th birthday, but the Parvez's research over the last year has brought them to believe that 3D scanning and printing could bring down the wait time, for a back brace, hand split, or ankle foot orthoses, to a few days, as well as improve the end result so that there is less bruising, sores and marks where the brace rubs against the skin. 

Andiamo are finding it hard to raise money with investors because of the risks involved. They are up against companies that control the markets in the UK and globally, who have long established relationships in the industry. 

Unfortunately for those old established companies, technology like 3D printing and platforms like indiegogo give power to teams like Andiamo, to question the status quo, to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible, to design products that improve the quality of life for kids like Diamo, and their parents, even more.

You can support them in their journey here.

Source: MedCity news