Andiamo is a new startup that builds healthcare solutions for children with physical disabilities. We drastically reduce wait times from 28 weeks to 48 hours for custom body supports called ‘orthotics', by using 3D scanning and printing technology.
Enabled by new technology beautiful and artistic design is core to the Andiamo ethos. Ugly supports are part of the problem, making users feel bad about using them. Andiamo is developing the empathic design pillars of Magic, Beauty and Invisibility into all our work.
The Andiamo Story
Founders Samiya and Naveed Parvez, who narrate the video, were the parents of Diamo, their child who needed body supports known as orthotics. They discovered the process of getting his body support equipment was extremely painful, slow and in the end it didn’t even fit.
He had to be covered in plaster to make a mould, held still for an hour as it dried, finally the mould was sent away for production. This took months to come back by which time he had already outgrown it.
That’s 100 million families worldwide and 7 million in the US alone.
Naveed and Samiya founded Andiamo so no other family would have to go through what they did. Their mission is to solve this problem globally, using new 3D technology to bring hope to millions of families with disabled children.
Why do we need your money?
Quite simply so we can get more families into our service, right now. The more people we help, the faster we can move to bring Andiamo to everyone and improve lives around the world.
3D Printed Rewards From Major Artists
Amalia Ulman, an exciting young artist with over 72,000 Instagram followers, will be creating an Andiamo inspired 'Charm' influenced by roadside jewellery popular in Mexico.
International sculptor Lorenzo Quinn is giving backers the chance to own unique, 3D printed edition of one of his sought after works.
'Horse' is a standalone art piece taken from Quinn's sculptural 'Chess' set.
Only 150 will ever be made so hurry.
Limited Edition Poster Artwork
What have we made so far?
These are examples of the 3D printed supports we are prototyping for families right now. Remember we are not offering these as rewards, we just want to share with you what we do!
You may need somewhere to print your 'Charm' reward. We're partnering with 3D Hubs - an online 3D printing service platform. They should be able to help you find somewhere to print your reward.
If you like our video please share on the hashtag #GoAndiamo - a huge thank you to Maverick who created and donated our animated film for free.
Risks and challenges
We have already created multiple prototypes and the first families have entered our service. Whilst there are risks and challenges we are in the process of scaling what we have already achieved rather than starting from scratch.
We've built an exceptional team of experts from 3D scanning and printing experts to top clinicians and designers.
Our overall approach is to build a coalition of users, parents, clinicians and other experts that fundamentally believe that the way health is being delivered is changing to put the power in the individuals hands.
Big problems will not be solved by just a few people, so we have built a strong advisory board and other professional networks to help make this a reality.
3D printing is still relatively new in this area:
We are working with a major 3D printing experts in the UK. They have extensive expertise in this field as well as medical applications of this technology.
Where appropriate we will combine 3D printing with more traditional techniques to ensure quality.
3D scanning people can be difficult:
Our first job will be to map the spectrum of what types of conditions can and cannot be scanned.
Where a condition or person isn’t suitable for 3D scanning we will use traditional techniques but then turn that into a 3D model to ensure consistency.
This will not compromise overall quality but will be slower than the techniques we want to use.
We have already scanned three children and several adults.
We are taking on big incumbent companies that control the market in the globally. Having spoken to them extensively made it clear to us that their approach to accommodate patient experience does not match ours. When we have asked them when was the last time they had spoken to a patient their answer was: "We haven't".
Whilst they have scale, we are taking the approach of building a service that is designed with people whom their lives are affected by the need to use these products.
This will not be easy but we are obsessed with making disabled children's lives better.
Despite only being founded in 2014 we have already won several honours and awards including - Winner of IBM SmartCamp UK 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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