As technology surges forward, more and more opportunities are created for amputees in terms of prosthetic limbs and what they can offer. For some, the goal may not be just walking again after amputation, but to walk faster than before, run, jump, glide or skate. For the first time ever, bionics and 3D-printing can make this happen. We're taking steps to understand and influence the potential of prosthesis in today's tech-driven society, and have blueprints for some projects that could improve the lives of amputees dramatically. You can't walk down the street without seeing an advert for The Avengers, X-Men, Transformers or the latest superhero hit. We're saying that with the right ideas, partnerships and people, we can utilise technology to make today's real-life superheroes.
We have recently completed the first in a series of projects with R3nder Product Development - designing a 3D printed prosthetic cover for FYF team member Nikki. The cover was designed with Nikki’s input and is the same dimensions as her right leg, giving her the opportunity to look at her prosthetic as more of a fashion accessory. A 3D-printed cover may seem simple, but the confidence brought with it is game changing. Nikki now has a leg specific to her style and personality, a leg she can plan outfits around and a leg she can wear with pride. What if people begin to look at amputees with envy rather than sympathy?