The Magic Shoes Project


A unique collaborative project focused on life-changing, 3D printed posture & mobility equipment for children with disabilities!

The collaboration is made up of 7 mission driven organisations. We each bring a deep set of experiences, skills, IP, networks and talent to this project.  We are joining forces to overcome a number of significant challenges faced by children, parents and Orthotists in delivering effective ankle and foot orthotics for children with disabilities.

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A Global Problem

Every 15hrs an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy making it the most common childhood physical disability in Australia. Most of these children will need to wear Orthotics throughout their life.

Without access to orthotics services, people are often confined to their homes – excluded from participating in society, and locked into poverty and isolation.

Globally 100 million kids need Orthotics and demand is exponentially outstripping supply! - World Health Organisation

The Solution

We are building on the work of leading clinics in Australia by utilising a completely digital approach to creating Ankle and Foot Orthoses (AFOs). We’ve been working with Orthotists, 3D scanning experts, engineers and families of children with Cerebral Palsy to create a human centred way of designing and making AFOs. We are developing a 3D scanner that takes a digital mould of a leg in seconds, then we model it to medical requirements and 3D print the Orthoses. We have already seen promising results and now we are taking this project to the next level.

The Magic Shoes Project

Ultimately our vision is to use technology to become a provider of the highest quality assistive devices at a fraction of today's’ cost. To get there we need to ensure that the products, processes and technologies we are employing meet the needs, expectations and standards of all of our stakeholders in the community and most importantly the kids. We are embarking on a clinical trial, once completed we will start making 3D printed AFOs available to Australian children, share the data and then create a open-source package providing transparency for global collaboration and continual innovation.

Expected Project Outcomes  

Improvement in Wait Times - Reduction of wait times by 50-80%

Increased Efficiency of the Orthotists - by 400-600%, freeing them up to help more kids

Improved Patient Experience - Development of child centric technologies that fundamentally changes the patient’s experience for the better

Decrease in Total Cost of Care - Cost savings for families, clinics , NDIS and other equipment funding bodies


Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO) Production - TODAY vs TOMORROW!

Get involved to be a part of the change!

As a part of the Magic Shoes project are running a clinical trial, piloting services, building awesome tech, open-sourcing, conducting regulatory affairs and holding co-creation events. If you want to get involved we’d love to hear from you!

Trial Family

We are looking for 20- 30 families to be part of the clinical trial. If your child is 2-8 years old, meets a strict inclusion criteria, needs Ankle Foot Orthoses and can make it to Sydney, we'd like to hear from you. 


Want to be one of the first Orthotists in Australia offering this service to your clients? Apply now, and we will help to get you set up.




Research Partner

Want to be part of history? We are looking for research partners to help make 3D Printed Orthoses available to the world.



Power of the community!

In November 2016 AbilityMate launched a month long crowd-funding campaign to raise vital funds for the “Magic Shoes” project. The campaign was kickstarted with $10,000 from ING Direct’s Dreamstarter program. Our goal was to raise $20,000, within the first 12 hours the community had contributed $45,000 to the project. By the end of the campaign we had successfully raised $95,000 in online and offline donations! With the support of 310 community backers we are now running a clinical trial and on our way making life-changing, 3D printed Orthotics available to children with disabilities. To our supporters we thank you! Your generosity not only provided vital funds but gave us a major confidence boost!

Read our blog, watch our video and have a play with our 3D AFO below:

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