Technology for a higher purpose.
Nia Technologies Inc. is a Canadian not-for-profit organization. Nia leverages innovative technologies to improve the lives of individuals living in the developing world. 3D PrintAbility, a technology developed and deployed by Nia Technologies and the University of Toronto, is used to create custom-fit prosthetic sockets and orthotic braces for children. 3D PrintAbility combines inexpensive 3D scanning, design and printing components to provide prosthetists with a new set of orthopaedic tools.
Nia Technologies is supported by cbm Canada, Grand Challenges Canada, The University of Toronto, Autodesk Research and Stronger Together; and is partnered with CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital in Uganda.
Nia Technologies Inc. was founded by cbm Canada http://www.cbmcanada.org/
Why 3d Printing?
Hundreds of thousands of endemically poor children are in need of quality prostheses. Current manual processes of prosthetic production are labour-intensive and slow. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates a shortfall of 40,000 trained prosthetic technicians in low/middle income countries. Without the enhanced mobility provided by prosthetics, these children suffer from a dramatically reduced quality of life, lacking access to education, potential future employment, and social ostracism.
Nia Technologies’ 3D PrintAbility project addresses this problem by leveraging emerging and affordable 3D scanning and printing technologies designed to reduce the human labour and time required to produce prosthetic sockets. We aim to integrate scientific and technological innovation in 3D printing technology with business and social enterprise models in order to make the process of producing prosthetics more efficient and effective.
The current clinical evaluation test site is in a children’s rehabilitation hospital in Uganda.
1 billion people worldwide have a disability.
2.46 million of these people live in Uganda and 250,804 of them are children.
In Uganda, there are approximately 12 professional prosthetic technicians serving a population of over 250,000 children.
Accidents, bone diseases and bone infections are the primary causes of lower limb amputations.
Leveraging 3D printing technology to produce prosthetic sockets at a faster rate and create a simplified platform to train more professional prosthetic technicians.
The development of a revolutionary system that merges traditional orthopaedic technology (plaster casting) with newly developing 3D printing technology (scanning and printing) to create a platform for the training of more prosthetists and the production of more prosthetic sockets for children in Uganda and anywhere in the world.