Because it is one of the poorest countries in the world, Haiti is hit hard by natural disasters. The 2010 earthquake impacted millions of people. In October 2016, a hurricane again destroyed many people's livelihoods, reminding us of the unfortunate situation of this country.
LimbForge is the Enable Community Foundation’s open source effort to make 3D printing technology more accessible to health clinicians, allowing them to provide affected locals with affordable, 3D printed prosthetic limbs to help reach the estimated 33 million people living with limb loss and without prosthetic rehabilitation.
By measuring the amputee’s remaining limb, a proportionally-sized prosthetic design can be achieved that can then be printed on the Ultimaker. By using various filament colors, the prosthetic can be made to closely resemble the wearer’s skin tone, enhancing its aesthetic appeal.
The prosthetics take 16 to 20 hours to print and typically cost somewhere between 8 and 14 US$ for the raw materials. This makes them accessible to amputees in low-income countries like Haiti.
During the first stage of this project, technicians at the Healing Hands for Haiti hospital fit more than twenty arms, and have adapted the 3D printing skills they learned through the workshop to make custom orthotics and produce parts for other assistive devices.
The overarching goal of LimbForge is to scale in the developing world by providing training, technology, and tools to humanitarian NGOs and local clinicians. They provide a scalable, sustainable solution to the need for low-cost prosthetics in developing countries. Field testing, clinical case studies, and additional research and development will continue in Haiti and will be expanded to the Middle East during 2017. Support this cause by clicking the button below, or share this page on your social networks to show your support.Lend a hand