I am able to provide free 3D printed devices and aids to people who would otherwise have to go without.
Prosthetic devices can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and for a growing child, this would be prohibitively expensive for parents.
3D printing technology allows for customisable, scalable devices to be made at a fraction of the cost.
One of my "Kinetic Fingers" can be made for under one dollar in materials, and a full hand costs about twenty dollars to manufacture.
Kids are able to be a part of the design process, choosing their own colour scheme and theme.
These devices give them a great sense of confidence,
and allows them to try new things like pick up a cup, throw a ball and further develop the affected side of their brain.This initiative shows people that society actually cares enough to want to help them for free.
The NDIS does not currently recognise symbrachydactyly or amniotic band syndrome as a serious enough disability to receive automatic funding. As a result, many families are given no options for children needing prosthetic devices.
We can provide customised one-off solutions for people due to the nature of the flexible 3D printing process.
Traditional manufacturing of prosthetic devices
is very labour intensive and due to the amount of research and development involved, coupled with a small demand makes it very expensive.
Since I am doing the research and development for free with a low labour manufacturing process,
this becomes a very low cost solution to a traditionally high cost industry. All designs are released open-source to allow anyone around the world to make them, but not sell or profit from them.