Location: United Kingdom
Andiamo takes a full 3D scan of the patient’s body and can provide the custom orthosis in two weeks. The fast turn-around time means little risk of children outgrowing it.
When children can’t access orthosis (Braces, footwear and splints that help with movement and provide support) when they need them, regular activities become extremely difficult. It may affect their ability to walk, sit up straight, use their hands and sit properly in their wheelchairs. In the UK, it can sometimes take months after measurements are made for the equipment to be delivered. It is not uncommon for children to grow out of the device between the time measurements were taken, and when the device is provided, resulting in them having to use a poorly fitted device or go through the process again.
Andiamo, a London-based startup, was founded by two parents who lived the struggle of getting the medical devices for their son, who needed a range of gators and braces. They wanted to make the process of getting orthosis simpler and faster.
Andiamo uses 3D printing technology to increase the accessibility of orthotics significantly. They can send someone right to the patient’s home to take a full 3D body scan. From the scan, custom devices can be printed in around two weeks. This leads to better-fitting, less time without the necessary braces, and fewer appointments.
“The diversity of applications we have seen with 3D printing is fascinating. From vegan vitamin supplements to 3D prosthesis and casts. It allows for ‘true’ personalisation in healthcare, with wider growth in the industry in the double digits expected to continue.”
– Dr Vinay Shankar