Over the past month or so, our amazing designers Kin and Rick have been working on the 3D scanner that we would like to eventually include in our open source package. Designed on Fusion360 and Slicer for Fusion360 by Autodesk, it is intended to be an accessible and low cost scanning option, which is great for clinics not only in Sydney and other metropolitan cities, but for rural and remote ones too.

 
Our new child friendly 3D Scanner! 

Our new child friendly 3D Scanner! 

 

A problem that many parents face during their child appointments is the plaster casting methods Orthotist need to do in order to capture the form of a child’s lower-limb. Some patients find this casting process uncomfortable; infants, patients with skin sensitivities, and trauma patients may find it unbearable!

3D scanning technologies have been employed by Orthotists before but from what we've experienced personally and heard from many professions  that there are huge challenges in having a child to sit still so they can obtain a "noise" free and accurate scan of their lower-limb. Recognising that this is a significant barrier, our designers have kept child-friendliness at the forefront of their design and have also made sure it does not look intimidating the way a lot of hospital equipment can.

Our aim is to make the process of obtaining AFO’s available to all, and this scanner is going to be a major factor when it comes to lowering the barriers to 3D printing AFOs. We hope you enjoy this sneak peek and we will keep you updated with ongoing developments.