Applied additive technology solutions provider Stratasys announces it is teaming with Dassault Systèmes and innovator Easton LaChappelle to power Unlimited Tomorrow—an initiative to provide custom-designed, 3D-printed prosthetic limbs.
Since modern prosthetics can be expensive, heavy, and hard to use, the initiative aims to use modern technology to solve these problems on a global level, according to the Unlimited Tomorrow website.
“Unlimited Tomorrow is driven by enabling the possible, with unique thinking that results in absolutely incredible ideas. Our intent is always ‘user-first,’ meaning the technology serves needs of patients from the outset – and it’s all driven by the most advanced technology,” says Easton LaChappelle, founder of Unlimited Tomorrow, in a media release.
“We are honored to have Stratasys and Dassault Systèmes join our growing enterprise coalition, further empowering us to change the paradigm for personalized, 3D printed prosthetics and accelerate our-go-to market.”
Under the initiative, Stratasys will become the exclusive provider of 3D printing technology, and Dassault Systèmes will be the program’s dedicated 3D printing and CAD/CAE suppliers. Stratasys will develop and produce the prosthetics through the company’s PolyJet expert team, as well as via Stratasys Direct Manufacturing.
Unlimited Tomorrow will fully collaborate with Stratasys on research, development and production of these prosthetics, in its aim to re-think the way artificial limbs are made by targeting common pain points of customization, weight, and cost, the release continues.
“We view 3D printing as a catalyst for healthcare innovation to enable better patient care, streamline procedures, and improve learning. One of the most visible impacts is in creation of prosthetics. That’s why a main component of our Corporate Social Responsibility program is focused on accessibility of devices,” says Arita Mattsoff, vice president, corporate social responsibility at Stratasys.
“Unlimited Tomorrow is bettering the lives of children worldwide with practical and affordable custom-fit devices. We’re proud to team with long-time partner Dassault Systèmes and Unlimited Tomorrow – bringing the technology and know-how to create the best artificial limbs.”
A crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo is currently raising equity capital for Unlimited Tomorrow.
[Source(s): Stratasys, Unlimited Tomorrow, Business Wire]