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MakeOpaedics - Open Source Hardware Solutions in Orthopedics

MakeOpaedics Projektstart

The will start in November matrix gGmbH the project together with their project partner, the Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences MakeOpaedics. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports the project as part of the “Open Photonik Pro” funding measure within the program "Photonics Research Germany".

The project was motivated by the lack of professional, digitally manufactured orthopedic aids that are available as open source hardware and with the aim of driving the change in the supply system MakeOpaedics brought to life. 

The project team around Adriana Cabrera, Paula Janecke and Niels Lichtenthäler is now developing existing maker prototypes into professional solutions in a co-creative process. At the same time, sustainable structures are being set up in order to make new maker solutions available in the future for this important medical and social sector, which is predominantly characterized by SMEs.

The goal is always so-called open source solutions to increase the range of quickly and inexpensively produced, individual aids and to make them accessible to a broad section of the population. In close cooperation with the partners, business models are also developed to enable the financing of further projects and the professionalization of the solutions.

The digitization or partial digitization of the process and procedure adjustments will be converted into practical transformation guidelines for medical supply stores.

MakeOpaedics also offers unsupported practice partners from the SME sector the opportunity to use results directly and on a pilot basis in their workshops. 

You can bring in concrete cases with real customers and real workshop situations in order to create prototypes more quickly and to access the know-how of the entire project team.

MyOrthotic by Adriana Cabrera
MyOrthotic by Adriana Cabrera

If you have any questions about the project or are interested in processing a specific case, we are happy to help.

Nils Lichtenhäler

Niels Light Thaler

Coordinator of the MakeOpaedics project

0211 / 75 707 20

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