3-D Printing a New Future in Prosthetics
Your support of this Better Together project will provide individuals with limb-loss the opportunity to receive—and help design—a personalized, life-changing 3-D prosthesis.
“When individuals with limb-loss are included in the design of their prosthesis, they become empowered by not just the device, but by being a part of the entire process, from start to finish—learning that they are capable of anything with the right tools.”
— Aaron Westbrook, CEO
Form5 Prosthetics, founded by Aaron Westbrook at the age of 14, is developing an innovative approach for equipping individuals with prosthetics to enhance their ability to live life to the fullest. After receiving a prosthetic arm in high school, Aaron discovered the flaws in the process of obtaining a prosthesis, including the cost, and was left disappointed with the end product. With that in mind, Aaron experimented with 3-D printing. He created a number of devices for himself and others while he was in high school, and eventually formed Form5 Prosthetics with the goal to create better prosthetics for those in need.
Through its innovative approach to prosthetics and with your support of this Better Together project, Form5 is aiming to provide five more individuals with the opportunity to not only receive their own 3-D printed prosthesis, but to be an integral part of making it—which will equip them with a highly-personalized, life-changing device.
Form5’s inaugural workshop, CO-FAB, taking place in November, will connect individuals with limb-loss to designers, engineers, and changemakers, allowing them to work together to cultivate a new and more interactive perspective on prosthetics. During this collaborative workshop, individuals with limb-loss will be empowered through an inclusive design process, an introduction to new technologies, and all the possibilities brought by this unique collaboration.
“I would ultimately use my new prosthesis so I can ride a bike—specifically for Pelotonia! I also want to show my students that there are ZERO limits in life!”
— Jodie Pierpoint, upper limb-loss receipt of CO-FAB
Your support of this Better Together project will help fund the innovative CO-FAB workshop by purchasing two Ultimaker 2+ 3-D Printers that will be used to print customized prosthetics for individuals with limb-loss. This equipment will also support future workshops as well as ongoing research.
With your help, we can equip individuals with life-changing prosthetic devices and support research and collaboration for continued innovation in the limb-loss community for years to come!
Provide eco-friendly prosthetics for the poor, distressed, or underprivileged with congenital and other limb differences by using 3D printing and closed-loop recycling to innovate, create, and reform the future.