LifEnabled: Enable. Train. Serve.
The genesis of LifEnabled was in a Guatamalan clinic in 2006 when Brent Wright, Certified Prosthetist and Board Certified Orthotist, was invited by Tim and Doris Spurrier, founders of Hospital Shalom in San Benito, Guatemala, to launch the hospital’s prosthetic program.It took several years and a lot of help & input from friends and family to grow the program to a level where LifEnabled became an official non profit organization.
Brent is increasingly looking at 3D printing to test and produce prosthetics. In the past few years, 3D printing has made leaps in terms of printers and materials. Quality is of course always the main priority. While traditional prosthetic sockets will still have a place in certain situations, the opportunity to move forward with 3D printing paves the way for helping more patients with less material and time costs. 3D printing also allows the potential for more access to prosthetic care for patients in impoverished parts of the world.
We have been in touch with Brent recently and sent him our new PA-CF Low Warp to test with. The results are very good, as you can see in the video below:
He printed a transtibial Prosthetic socket, weighing 208 grams for and with 2.5 mm wall thickness. In his words: “This material is amazing.” It took 3.5 hours to print.
But 3D printing is not the only “new” technology used by LifEnabled. They also use a dedicated app. Brent says: “I have been working on a simple way to create an .stl or .obj file that can be scaled and then sent directly into your fabrication work flow. DigiScan 3D uses the structure.io scanner and an iPad. Some clinicians have found that they use an outside shape manipulation software, others have found ways to scale their model and go straight to test socket fabrication, while others just want a file they can keep in their electronic medical records. I wanted a simple way to capture a shape and not push people to buy a specific shape modification software.”
You can get the app here.
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