About

We’re a non-profit social enterprise. We’re changing the way the world thinks about 3D printed prosthetics and orthotics.

Who We Are

Nia Technologies Inc. is a Canadian non-profit social enterprise. Based in Toronto, Canada, we have partners and funders around the world.

 

We were founded by cbm Canada, a charity focused on helping children with disabilities in the poorest nations receive the medical help they need.

Video: Nia Technologies and 3D PrintAbility (4:35)

We imagine a world where collaborative innovation enables individuals to overcome barriers and realize their full potential.

Our History

The Idea Of 3D PrintAbility Was Born

2013

Development began as a project supported by cbm Canada, University of Toronto, Autodesk Research, and Grand Challenges Canada in partnership with CoRSU.

Clinical Studies Began

2015

The viability of 3D PrintAbility was first demonstrated with a clinical study at CoRSU. This proof-of-concept study produced 3D printed transtibial prosthetic sockets for children and youth age 4-25.

Nia Technologies Inc. Was Founded

2015

cbm Canada founded Nia Technologies Inc. as a non-profit social enterprise to develop and deploy 3D PrintAbility in resource poor countries.

Technology Development Was Expanded

2015

Development of 3D PrintAbility was advanced based on findings from clinical studies. In response to demand, the digital toolchain was expanded to include 3D printed ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) as an integral part of its service offerings.

NiaNet Was Created

2016

Working with Usability Matters, we developed NiaNet (formerly called NDX). NiaNet is our digital collaboration platform that facilitates collaboration, research, and data sharing to support 3D PrintAbility.

Clinical Studies Were Intensified

2016 & 2017

Validation of 3D PrintAbility continued with a second round of clinical studies to field test the updated toolchain at CoRSU in Uganda and CSPO in Cambodia in partnership with Exceed Worldwide.

Nia Prepares For An Early Adopter Program

2017 & 2018

An updated version of 3D PrintAbility was developed in preparation for implementation through Nia's Early Adopter Program. The program is expected to begin in late 2018.