We are a for-purpose technology company that develops products to promote mobility and accessibility for people of all abilities.
Mel Fuller, Johan DuPlessis, and the AbilityMade team met running workshops on inclusive design and co-creation at Sydney makerspaces in 2015. The workshops connected people with disabilities and passionate makers, to co-design solutions for real-world challenges. After repeatedly meeting children and parents who struggled with plaster-casting for orthoses, we founded AbilityMade to tackle this problem. We then discovered that the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates there to be 100 million people who need Orthoses & Prosthetics and currently only 1 in 10 receive them. We believe that 3D technologies will help bridge that divide!
Collaboration is the basis of our identity. To us collaboration means breaking down barriers between disciplines and industries—even bringing customers and competitors into the mix. We know we can no longer afford to remain isolated by our own discipline. We have to explore the edges, cross-pollinate ideas and co-create.
We will continue to work with nonprofits, universities, and the global-leaders in orthotics and prosthetics. This cooperation has enabled us to tackle this problem. We’re deeply thankful to the many organisations who have supported our vision, and always excited to collaborate with others in the community. Please feel free to say hi at firstname.lastname@example.org!
From 2016 - 2018 our R&D Project Partners joined forces to research & develop 3D scanning technologies and 3D printed AFOs. The project included a clinical study. The project was generously funded by the Australian philanthropic community and 350 crowd-funding backers. Many people contributed their time and expertise to support the vision.
Kin Ly, Senior Product Designer, AbilityMade
Liz Forsyth, Executive Director, Northcott Innovation