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We are certified clinicians trying to develop a method to make 3D printed orthotic and prosthetic devices accessible to our patients.
We are certified clinicians trying to develop a method to make 3D printed orthotic and prosthetic devices accessible to our patients.
126 backers pledged $9,222 to help bring this project to life.

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YOU DID IT!!! 

Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, and supported. You put us over our goal 22 hours early, and we couldn't be more thankful. This project has been our nights, weekends, and obsession for the last 2 years, and you just moved it from the realm of 'someday' to 'now.' We don't have the words to express our gratitude, but know that your generosity and support have cemented our resolve to bring this project into fruition. If we pull it off, people all around the globe are going to benefit from this technology, and you were the people who enabled it.

Some people who wanted to donate haven't yet (a few of you wanted to be *the one* to put us over 9k, but DEB PHELPS pulled it off!), and to you I say that any additional money donated will go towards a computer to do the modeling. Tyler and I have been brutalizing our laptops running the modeling programs, and down the road we will absolutely need to purchase a computer better suited to 3d modeling and printing.

:::we now resume your regularly scheduled project introduction::::

3D printing has been around for a while, and we've all seen stories here and there about someone receiving a 3D printed prosthesis. Tyler and I think it's time for 3D printed prostheses to stop being a novelty, and become the standard of care, accessible to anyone. To do this, we will have to learn to stop leaning on quarter-million dollar printers, and learn to make quality devices on more affordable printers, like the $9,000 printer we want. 

We are board certified orthotists and prosthetists with Masters of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics degrees from Georgia Tech.  Our education and training are second to none.  Something we never learned in school, however, is 3D modeling and 3D printing.  We spent the last 2 years teaching ourselves, and have become proficient in producing high quality, anatomically accurate, custom orthotic and prosthetic devices.  

Our only road block now is the size of the printer we have access to.  We have been restricted to an 8"x8"x8" build volume, but almost all of the sockets we need in our practice are larger than that.  We have printed scaled down models to test our methods, but have been unable to produce a life-size device for someone to actually walk on.  The printer we want to buy has a 12"x12"x18" print volume, which would fit roughly 90% of the devices we want to print.  Once we have this printer, we can start the revolution.

Risks and challenges

With new territory comes new challenges. We have had access to a friend's 3D printer, but we have never had to do the printing alone. We will have to learn how to use the new printer, and learn how to make it produce high quality, safe devices. Challenges will be met with support from the printer manufacturer, and our determination to overcome any obstacle between 3D printed devices and our patients.

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    We'll put your name on our website listing you as one of the donors who helped get this project moving. If enough people donate $1 we'll make our goal-- There are 9000 people on the internet, right?

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    A picture of our first 3D printed prosthesis given to a patient. Photo evidence that your donation helped give someone the ability to walk again.

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    A certificate verifying your support for this project will be mailed to you along with the picture from the $5 pledge level. Frame it, hang it, brag about it; It will be our written thanks to you for helping this idea get off the ground.

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    3D printed bottle opener. Not as cools as a prosthesis keychain, but potentially more useful. If you're near one of us (Frederick MD, or Charlotte NC), we'd love to use it to crack a beer and talk about the project with you.

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    We'll email you the .stl print file of our prosthesis keychain for your to print yourself. This is for our overseas supporters we can't mail to. Thanks for the suggestion, Denmark!

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    3D printed prosthesis keychain. A physical reminder of our gratitude for helping bring this revolution into existence.

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    We'll email you a .stl file of your custom facemask for you to print yourself. This is for our overseas supporters who we can't ship to. Thanks for the suggestion, Denmark!

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    Custom 3D printed face mask, just like the one you saw at the end of the video. We'll contact you for measurements or a scan of your face, and in a few weeks you'll receive your very own.

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    Custom 3D printed face mask, just like the one you saw at the end of the video. We'll contact you for measurements or a scan of your face, and in a few weeks you'll receive your very own.

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