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Victoria Hand Project & BASF, Personalized Prosthetic on-demand

By Victoria Hand Project

Industry: Medical Technology: Fused Filament Fabrication Material: Ultrafuse® PLA Machine: UltiMaker 3D printer
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Victoria Hand Project & BASF, Personalized Prosthetic on-demand

Prosthetics Anytime: Personalized Solutions On-Demand



                        

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In a world often defined by disparities in healthcare access, the Victoria Hand Project, a Canadian charity, stands as a beacon of hope. Founded in 2015 with the mission to provide accessible 3D-printed prosthetic care to under-resourced communities worldwide, the Victoria Hand Project has transformed lives by combining cutting-edge technology with compassionate outreach. Throughout its journey, the Victoria Hand Project has maintained unwavering trust in UltiMaker’s 3D printing technology. Known for their reliability and quality, UltiMaker 3D printers form the backbone of the project's operations. By standardizing the use of UltiMaker's printers, the organization has streamlined production and ensured consistent results across its global partner sites. A key component of this initiative is the use of BASF Forward AM’s Ultrafuse PLA PRO1 material, which offers outstanding print quality and enables the production of precise and detailed prosthetic components. This material not only enhances the aesthetics of the prostheses but also improves their functionality. Carefully optimized for quality, speed, strength, and reliability, Ultrafuse PLA PRO1 exceeds the performance levels of conventional filaments. Using Forward AM’s filament Ultrafuse® PLA, the Victoria Hand can be manufactured to withstand harsh environments while maintaining a natural look. As one of the most widely used materials for Additive Manufacturing, Ultrafuse® PLA ensures consistent quality parts, making each hand a convincing and reliable print. Its compatibility with all open Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) systems presents a low access barrier combined with high quality, making it exceptionally easy to print and perfectly suited for production in print centers in developing countries. By harnessing the benefits of Additive Manufacturing, the Victoria Hand Project has developed a fully functional, low-cost prosthesis that is available where it’s needed most—in developing countries where patients have limited to no access to healthcare systems.

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