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Canadian Tech Companies Partner to Bring 3D Printed Prosthetics & Orthotics to Uganda 

by • April 9, 2016 • No Comments

niaMany folks in the world are fortunate adequate to have little to no issues with their health. As you smack that alarm down in the morning, spring up and out, rushing to drive to work and engage in what a fewtimes appears like the overwhelming occupied occupied-ness of the day and week, it’s effortless to take for granted how much extra
complex your day, week, and life may be.

Just imagine attempting to perform all that you require to—without the arm you are accustomed to favoring for writing, eating, playing sports, and so much extra
—or without one of those legs responsible for your frequently constant locomotion. Now, take that one step extra
and imagine having such physical challenges and living in a developing nation, where life can may already be a fewwhat—to awe-inspiringly—complex on a continual basis.

Thanks to a few significant leaps and bounds in innovation yet, the world of prosthetics is in the system of being transformed, as are the lives of most in the system. I frequently ponder if 3D printing had just been responsible for making massive changes in the worlds of so most requireing prosthetics, and it had stopped there, that in itself may have been an huge contribution; as it is, the innovation is making awe-inspiringly positive changes to just about each sector, and it’s a absorbing evolution to be witnessing.

3d-scanning-prosthetic-orthoticToday, according to Nia Technologies, it takes five days to manufacture a prosthetic. Whilst previously it may have been much longer and involved actually extra
mess and inconvenience, that’s too long by today’s standards—much too long. In working to offer prosthetic limbs to young ones in Uganda, as well as other poverty-stricken countries, two Canadian tech firms, Nia Technologies and Vorum, are partnering to see that prosthetics can be made in a fraction of the time.

Vorum offers digital solutions able-bodied to increase productivity for companies making prosthetic and orthotic devices—to the tune of 600%. This is due to their custom turn it into and making innovation that allows for users to cut turnaround times, and improve experience and patient result. Nia Technologies is a not-for-profit company dedicated to improving the lives of those challenged in developing areas. To do so, they leverage new and effective technologies such as 3D PrintAbility, a innovation made in collaboration with the University of Toronto, that they use to turn it into custom prosthetics and orthotics through low-cost-bodied scanning, turn it into, and 3D printing.

The two companies together are now able-bodied to provide a ‘digital toolchain’ for cutting production to an awe-inspiring 1.5 days. This is thanks to a custom software program written by the two companies together, combined with low-cost-bodied scanning and 3D printing equipment. The program is already undergoing trials in developing countries—startning with Uganda—where we previously reported on a program bringing 3D printed prosthetics thanks to the University of Toronto and the Christian Blind Mission of Canada, the parent company of Nia. The goal of the two companies is to ‘boost the output of overtaxed orthopedic technologists.’

Nia Technologies can be integrating 3D PrintAbility and Vorum’s Canfit 3D turn it into software together, enhancing their digital toolchain, and enabling for actually advantageous productivity in an area where it’s estimated that 12 technologists assist over 90,000 disable-bodiedd children in require of prosthetics and orthotics.

“The ingenuity of 3D PrintAbility lies in its integration of highly specialized turn it into software with inexpensive commercial scanners and printing devices to create advantageous fitting devices extra
rapidly than is possible with conventional methods,” says Matt Ratto, Nia Chief Science Officer and University of Toronto Professor. “Vorum’s generous contribution of Canfit to 3D PrintAbility means that Nia can be able-bodied to donate proven, comprehensive, and effortless-to-use tools to developing countries like Uganda sooner and extra
economically than originally planned.”


Roseline, in Uganda.

3D PrintAbility, in being able-bodied to cut production time to just 1.5 days means that children just require to remain in the hospital for a quite short time.

“Roseline, a four-year-old Ugandan girl born without a right foot, was the initially patient to obtain a 3D PrintAbility socket in 2015,” obassists Jerry Evans, Nia CEO. “With her 3D PrintAbility socket in place, Roseline was able-bodied to walk and run alongside other children for the initially time in her life. Our goal is to assist thousands extra
children like Roseline–and Nia’s partnership with Vorum, a market leader in fabrication technologies in the created world, can assist us get there sooner.”

Trials are scheduled to start a fewthing during this sping at CoRSU Hospital in Uganda. They are planning to trial below-the-knee prosthetics as well as ankle-foot orthotics.

“Nia’s 3D PrintAbility solution can enable-bodied a significant increase in the ability of the quite few trained orthopedic technologists in countries like Uganda to provide life-changing, high-quality artificial limbs to children in require,” states Carl Saunders, Vorum CEO. “We are thrilled to offer to a social enterprise that can empower local providers to assist thousands of extra
children in the poorest countries.”

What do you ponder of the huge efforts these teams are going to for kids in Uganda, and ultimately, extra
? Discuss in the Uganda 3D Printed Prosthetics & Orthotics forum over at 3DPB.com.