Disability Innovations: How 3D printing will make orthotics smarter, faster and cheaper

Andiamo is a start up creating healthcare solutions for disabled children, with a mission to see no child ever having to wait more than one week to receive a medical device.

They are working to combine 3D scanning, printing and bio-mechanical models to create orthotics for children with a range of impairments from cereal palsy, spina bifida or spinal injuries, to strokes and the side effects of chemotherapy.

Naveed and Samiya Parvez are parents from London whose son, Diamo, was born with cereal palsy. They are also the founders of Andiamo.

Having been through the orthotics system with Diamo, so they know firsthand the discomfort and hassle involved in being measured and fitted for a new back ace. The process currently involves the child having to lie still for an hour to have a plaster of Paris cast made before waiting up to 28 weeks for the new orthotic to be made.

We all know how children can grow out of shoes and clothes in a matter of weeks, so it’s no surprise that by the time many children receive their orthosis months later they no longer fit. The current system is not only old fashioned but also painful, slow and expensive.

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