Nia Technologies' 3D PrintAbllity at CoRSU Hospital in Uganda



Osbourne and the leg is missing right fit just music it was very difficult for her to walk to play also with other children she can be lonely but when she was given leg she was able drunk and has previous balance when we give a child a prosthetic limb we're allowing them to walk we're allowing them to go to school and we're allowing them to participate in their family and community lives there's thousands of children in Uganda in need of prosthetic devices in a place like Uganda there's a huge lack of processes in fact we believe there's probably 12 processes to serve the entire country for over the past decade we have known that there's a shortage of 40,000 prosthetic technicians it would take another 50 years just to train 18,000 more for coarser Hospital one of the challenges we have is the length of time it takes a technician to produce a prosthetic device Salon Presidium custom fielding modification molding for it you have to really concentrate given the fact that the manual process of creating prosthetic takes up to a week that means that each process is taking one week to build a prosthetic that means there's about 12 prosthetics being made potentially per week in Uganda in the entire country and we wanted to see if it was possible to speed that process up using 3d scanning and printing technologies we've basically created a process which mirrors in many cases the the manual process just in a digital environment instead of in a manual environment instead of plaster casting we use a 3d scanner to capture the external shape of that residual limb instead of rectifying that a shape by adding or subtracting plaster we use 3d modeling software to basically add or subtract those materials and instead of wrapping it in polypropylene in kind of physical world we do something very similar in the digital context wrapping that shape to create a socket model which we then print on a 3d printer so we've tried to kind of parallel or conserve aspects of that manual process into the digital process to also facilitate the transfer of knowledge and the growing expertise of processes that are already skilled it's a tough learning curve actually because you're learning a lot of new skills about how to operate in digital space we are teaching you to make your work easier like you take short time doing your work now it's like you're developing from what you already know another stage with this method we could easily save 80 percent of the time in producing a device that would mean that although there's a shortage of technicians in Uganda at least for the technicians we have we can use them more efficiently imagine that a patient who needs a socket rather than spending a whole week here they may only have to spend one day here this technology also is more I know you can help my sister when she has grown this one is faster and more comfortable and fitting on your body when you're moving just o3d yeah not any problem Corsi hospital the University of Toronto Autodesk research and CBM Canada have all brought unique skills and expertise to be able to produce a prosthetic limb for a child by bringing those different groups together big increases our capacity to truly intervene in these you know what we might call real wicked problems in society you

4 Comments

  1. Richard Noreau said:

    Miracles emerge when motivations come fom the heart!

    June 30, 2019
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  2. CharlieToof said:

    Really nice proect guys, i work in a 3d print labs in Milan, if you need help I'm available

    June 30, 2019
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  3. Asad Jabbar said:

    great work.
    can you tell where to get this type of filament from?

    June 30, 2019
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  4. Krzysztof Grandys said:

    You are GREAT human 🙂

    June 30, 2019
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