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Our story

We are a for-purpose technology company that develops products to promote mobility and accessibility for people of all abilities.

Our mission is to help people with disabilities access equipment they need

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 makes us possible

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 hello@abilitymate.com!

Accelerated through partnerships 

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.

“We design not just for, but with our beneficiaries, who are participants in our collaborative design process.”

Kin Ly, Senior Product Designer, AbilityMade

Meet the Team
We are using technology to reshape the lives of people with disability for the better
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CO-FOUNDER

Mel Fuller

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CO-FOUNDER

Johan du Plessis

kin ly

SENIOR PRODUCT DESIGNER

Kin Ly

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USER EXPERIENCE DESIGNER

Mel Tran

koray

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER

Koray Kilic

Peter Simpson-Young

MARKETING AND OPERATIONS MANAGER

Peter Simpson-Young

yash

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Yash Kale

kirsty

INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER

Kirsty Smith

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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Martina Kainberger

dean

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Dean El-Mouslimani

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DESIGNER

Caitlin Dubler

“This project will reshape how the global disability community views Orthotics and other customised devices. By placing the needs of each individual child at the centre of the innovation process, we have the potential to revolutionise how children with disabilities move, walk, run and explore!”

Liz Forsyth, Executive Director, Northcott Innovation

Get Involved!
AbiltyMade partners with forward thinking orthotists to
FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS

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Find out if this technology is right for you or book an appointment with one of our partner Orthotists.

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FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

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If you’re interested in 3D printed orthoses or would love a free digital scanner for your practice, we’d love to hear from you!

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