Millions live with limb loss. Daily, nine people are injured in war or accidents, becoming disabled. In an unequal world where millions suffer from a disability, we at Thirdmesh, are bringing some equanimity.
With our no-cost customizable arm, we bring hope to millions who live without this essential arm.
Bringing the ease of 3D printing in healthcare, we have designed a customizable arm so that it behaves like a fully functional arm with adaptive grasp, movable thumb and a locking grip.
These arms can be manufactured and serviced anywhere and at any time.
We are giving people who have suffered a limb loss, a new lease of life with a prosthetic arm that is affordable, lightweight and easy to use.
What is your Story?
Every day, millions of people around the world struggle with the physical and emotional impact of limb loss. What’s more, nine more people lose a limb every day, whether that’s in a war, a road traffic accident, or illness. These people find it almost impossible to return to their everyday life, and therefore are left with few options open to them.
However, with the right rehabilitation services and tools, most people are able to overcome their disabilities and go back to being useful contributors to society. For that reason, allocating enough resources to their rehabilitation isn’t just the humane thing to do- it also serves as a long-term investment in their communities, too.
According to the World Report on Disability, there are more than 1 billion people with disability worldwide- which makes up about 15% of the entire global population. Of this figure, between 110-190 million adults have significant disabilities which severely impact on their ability to lead a normal lifestyle. A huge number of these people would benefit massively from prosthetics and orthotics services, and by making these services available in developing countries, we are working to make debilitating disabilities a thing of the past.
Since our unofficial launch, we have made great strides towards our vision of the future. We continue to serve emerging countries by creating new prosthetic and other solutions incorporating 3D printing technologies.
What are prosthesis and other mobility devices?
The prosthesis has been around for a long time but until recently very basic design and functionality.
Prosthetics is a specialty within the field of healthcare technology concerned with the design, manufacture and application of prostheses.
Prosthesis (prosthetic device/product): externally applied device used to replace wholly, or in part, an absent or deficient limb segment (plural: prostheses). Common examples are artificial legs or hands.The current cost of the prosthetics is prohibitive and out of reach of many in resource-poor communities across the world.Now with the improvements in 3D printing, this has heralded a new wave of inexpensive yet state of the art prosthesis. We are beginning to use 3D printing technologies to develop a cost-effective prosthesis.
How expensive are the Prosthesis?
One of the biggest barriers to the use of prosthetic limb of any kind are the associated costs. The average useful life of most of the prosthetic devices is between 3 to 5 years. The added lifetime cost of the prosthetic utilization is upwards to several folds in the range of $100,000 upwards, depending on the needs of the patient.
How do you plan to repair or maintain the prosthesis?
Our goal is to design and develop in-expensive prosthesis; however, they have some limitations such as the devices produced from its designs should be tools and not as fully functional prosthetic devices. They aid in doing simple tasks such as holding a water bottle while holding a snack in the other hand, using two hands to ride a bicycle, or catching a ball. The devices cannot hold more than a few pounds of weight and the grip strength isn’t strong enough to play on monkey bars, work bicycle brakes, do handstands, or do similar weight-bearing activities.
In future, we plan to build a partnership with other organizations across the globe to enable on-going prosthetic care for the regions that they serve.
Why do we Need Custom Able Limb?
Most of the people earn less than $ 1 dollar a day and to afford a prosthesis or mobility device is next to impossible.
Some of them are in remote communities with no access to medical care or any prosthetic service provider.
Then there is social and familial exclusion as disability or disfigurement of the body is severely stigmatized.
To add, such shunning and exclusion can be very debilitating for young adults, especially children.
Prosthesis work helps patient to overcome the emotional after-effects of limb-loss, to develop confidence and also the identify their capabilities and perform activities which help them to return to active life in their society.
With today’s technology and ability to share, we believe everyone should have access to affordable healthcare tools and products. And with 3D printing, we’re making it happen!
Custom Able Arm
- Amenable: comfortable and can be used for daily activities.
- Accessible-Easily available, durable, comfortable, and maintenance free.
- Affordable-Cost effective, modern and easy for technicians to learn, use, and repair
How are Custom Able Limb Made?
The current materials used for printing of custom able 3D printed arm is PLA. or Poly Lactic Acid, is made from organic material — specifically cornstarch and sugarcane. This makes the material both easier and safer to use, it can achieve a superior level of print detail and is less prone to errors while printing.
as PLA is made of Strong and flexible plastic
– 1mm minimum wall thickness
– naturally white, but can be colour
– about 10 layers per 1mm
– made from powder
– Alumide = Polyamide + Aluminum
– Interlocking, moving parts possible (chain)
Where can I get additional information about 3D printing?
The ThirdMesh Wiki is the best place to help and get help with documentation around the ThirdMesh products and services. If you have an awesome install guide that makes things easier or a great troubleshooting guide? Sent it to us to Post it on the wiki!
The ThirdMesh Blog is the best place to learn about additive manufacturing process/3D printing.
The ThirdMesh Forum is the best place to collaborate with others.
How Can I get Custom Able Limb?
If you’d like to Custom Able Limb, you are welcome to do so through the form below for the review of the appropriate prosthetic arm.