May 2016

Vorum, Nia join for 3D-printed devices

Vancouver, Canada-based CAD-CAM software company Vorum in May announced a partnership with Nia Technologies to deliver 3D-printed orthotic and prosthetic devices to children in developing countries.

Nia Technologies, a Canadian nonprofit based in Toronto, will integrate Vorum’s Canfit 3D design software into its 3D PrintAbility solution. 3D PrintAbility is a digital toolchain designed to significantly reduce the time required to produce customized O&P devices for young people in the developing world. Large productivity gains are crucial in low-income countries like Ugan­da, where it is estimated that only 12 practicing orthopedic technologists serve more than 90,000 disabled children in need of O&P devices, according to a news release from the companies.

Clinical trials of 3D PrintAbility for transtibial prosthetic sockets and ankle foot orthoses are scheduled to begin in coming months at CoRSU (Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services in Uganda) Rehabilitation Hospital in Kisubi.

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