Disrupt Disability has two aims. First, to reduce the cost of customised wheelchairs so all 65 million people who need a wheelchair can afford one. Secondly, to give wheelchair users as much choice and control over their wheelchair as they would have over a pair of glasses, so people don't use a wheelchair, they wear their wheels.
We are systems thinkers. We have studied and prototyped a multiple of models for the design, fabrication, and fitting of 3D printed prosthetics and have developed a unique approach based on evidence and experience.
We believe that a prosthetic device is a fundamentally person-centered object that must reflect the wishes, desires, and culture of is wearer in order to truly have positive impact. We design our devices not simply replace limbs, but to recover participation in communities, to rebuild confidence, to rediscover lost activities.
The startup Proteo, a company founded in Siena, Italy, about two years ago, deals with digital manufacturing systems in the health sector. Thanks to a f digital fabrication cycle, based on 3D scanning of patient anatomy, CAD modeling of the medical device and finally 3D printing of the object, the feasibility of health devices has been explored, especially in the orthopaedic sector.
Sonova is the leading manufacturer of innovative hearing care solutions. The group operates through its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Advanced Bionics and Connect Hearing. Sonova offers its customers one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry – from hearing instruments to cochlear implants to wireless communication solutions.
We are a high-tech medical startup company focused on research & development, advanced technologies and clinical application.We focus deeply on the synergy of cutting-edge technology with the human touch to produce the most personal wearables ever.We are proudly based in Ostrava, Czech Republic. We cooperate with medical partners in 10 countries, and our ambition is to reinvent the application of cutting-edge technology in medical field world-wide.
Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. Stryker is active in over 100 countries around the world.
AMEDICA is the only company with the scientific know-how to produce medical grade Silicon Nitride - a patented platform technology for spinal and arthroplasty applications. Silicon Nitride offers doctors and patients an alternative to PEEK and titanium that is osteopromotive, anti-infective and may result in faster fusion. AMEDICA is the only company in the world that has FDA clearance to manufacture and distribute Silicon Nitride implants.Silicon Nitride ceramic delivers implants with excellent mechanical properties, superior biocompatibility, potentially greater clinical efficacy, and compatibility with all imaging modalities; and promises implants with higher wear resistance and long term durability.In February 2006, AMEDICA received FDA 510(k) clearance for the first load-bearing ceramic spinal device, and in 2007, for our Valeo Interbody Fusion Devices, Cervical Plating System and Pedicle Screw System. In our product development pipeline, we can point to a ceramic cervical disc, and hip and knee implants that make full use of Silicon Nitride technology's inherent material properties.Dramatically inhibiting the progression of debilitating diseases specific to spine and orthopedic medicine requires a company to create innovative approaches and to rethink what's possible. AMEDICA is that company.
"What originally started out as a couple of guys who created a 3D printed hand to help one child in need has grown into the Enabling the Future world wide global community of tinkerers, engineers, 3D print enthusiasts, occupational therapists, university professors, designers, parents, families, artists, students, teachers and people who just are creating hands for people in need and sharing their designs with the world for free. These people are coming together to create, innovate, re-design and give a “helping hand” to those that need it – whether it is helping to print parts for them, creating a completed device for them or simply helping to guide them as they build one themselves.
There are people around the Globe – 3d printing fingers and hands for children they will never meet, classes of high school students who are making hands for children in their local communities, a group of people that are risking their lives to get these devices onto people in 3rd World countries and new stories every day of parents working with their children to make a hand together. The seed was planted and the Tree is branching out, growing and becoming more beautiful than ever imagined!"
Open BioMedical Initiative is a global nonprofit initiative supporting the traditional Biomedical world engaged in the development and distribution of low-cost, open source and 3D printable Biomedical Technologies. It is composed by Open BioMedical Community, Open BioMedical Organizations and its Partners.
3D LifePrints provides 3D printed anatomical medical models for pre-surgical assesment and planning, intra-surgical use and for educational training. 3D LifePrints also provides a range of 3D printed prosthetics for the developing world
US Bionics is a VC, industry and government funded start-up bringing advanced accessible exoskeletons to industrial, medical, and military markets.
AffordableState-of-the-art embedded intelligence makes our products accessible and practical.
ModularUsers have choices; they have the freedom to choose a module tailored for their intended activity.
Quality of LifeOur exoskeletons have been developed to solve common consumer problems.
Continuous R&DResearch and development are the cornerstones of this company and guarantee cutting edge, quality products.
The Yale OpenHand Project is an initiative to advance the design and use of robotic hands designed and built through rapid-prototyping techniques in order to encourage more variation and innovation in mechanical hardware.Commercially available robotic hands are often expensive, customized for specific platforms, and difficult to modify. It is typically impractical to experiment with alternate end effector designs. This results in researchers needing to compensate in software for intrinsic and pervasive mechanical disadvantages, rather than allowing software and hardware research in manipulation to co-evolve.This project intends to establish a series of open-source hand designs, and through the contributions of the open-source user community, result in a large number of useful design modifications and variations available to researchers.
OpenΒionics is an open-source initiative for the development of affordable, light-weight, modular robot hands and prosthetic devices, that can be easily reproduced using off-the-shelf materials. Our robot hands cost less that 100$ and weigh less than 200gr while our new anthropomorphic prosthetic hand costs less than 200$ and weighs less than 300gr. All files required for the replication of our hands, can also be found in our GitHub repository:
OpenBionics GitHub RepositoryThis initiative is inspired by the Yale Open Hand Project.The OpenBionics initiative was initiated via the support of the European Commission through the Integrated Project no. 248587, “THE Hand Embodied” (2010-2014), within the FP7-ICT-2009-4-2-1 program Cognitive Systems and Robotics.Minas Liarokapis Postdoctoral Associate, Grab Lab, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.
Agisilaos Zisimatos, Undergraduate Student, Control Systems Lab, NTUA, Greece.
Christoforos Mavrogiannis PhD Student, Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, USA.
George Kontoudis Undergrad, Control Systems Lab, Sch. of Mechanical Eng., NTUA, Greece.
For any inquiry and/or suggestion you may contact: Minas Liarokapis.School of Mechanical Engineering – National Technical University of Athens.
Advisor: Prof. Kostas J. Kyriakopoulos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
We have evaluated several choices but we have no doubt that 3D printing is what we believe to best manufacturing technology for projects such as ours. We are very excited about what this technology is capable of and we want to believe in it now, as its strengths are in the geometric construction potential and the ability to optimize the price of single, unique, bespoke products.
The drawing clearly shows the movement system that we have implemented in the limb. This revolutionary mechanics is based on the material deformation, through the geometric control of the structure. We can manufacture the hand and all of its moving components in a single piece and with a single print.
For microprocessors (Arduino), servos and sensors we decided to use standard components, thus making our project more flexible and affordable to the final user. We were particularly impressed by the quality of these systems and we are more convinced than ever to continue down this path.
Limbitless Solutions is a non-profit organization devoted to bringing volunteers and technology to the kids who need it most.Limbitless Solutions is a non-profit organization devoted to building a generation of innovators who use their skills and passion to improve the world around them. We use additive manufacturing to advance personalized bionics and solutions for disabilities. We believe that no family should have to pay for their child to receive an arm. Now we want to lead by example and encourage communities to innovate with compassion.
"We believe that all humans can and will grow beyond their natural capabilities and that personalized manufacturing powered by software and 3D printing will enable it.We are the first in the world to make and sell a fully functional 3D printed prosthetic leg. We use computer vision, patent-pending algorithms and 3D printing to revolutionize prosthetics."
UNYQ is a new company based in San Francisco CA and Seville (Spain) that will radically transform the global supply chain for useful prosthetic legs and accessories for amputees by implementing mass customization technologies. UNYQ will launch publicly in May 2014.