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LimbForge: Digital Transformation & 3D Prosthetic Technology for the Developing World

Grace Mastalli, Sam Hobish
Running Time:60:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
3:00 PM
Thursday, November 9
Digital Industrial

Millions of amputees around the world do not have access to prosthetic care. In regions where those with disability or disfigurement are severely stigmatized, social and familial exclusion of amputees is frequent. Such ostracization is debilitating – psychologically, physically and economically – and even life threatening.

With fewer than 5% of the amputees in the developing world having access to prosthetic care – in a world where poverty is both a cause and consequence of disability – a better, faster, and cheaper way of meeting the rehabilitation needs of amputees is critical.

LimbForge is a nonprofit that provides technology, tools and training to NGOs and clinicians to sustainably provide patients with high-quality and cost-effective 3D printed prosthetics.

LimbForge’s interdisciplinary team developed software that configures custom prosthetic components for 3D printing.  LimbForge lowers materials and operation costs, simplifies supply chains, and delivers culturally-contextual prostheses to populations that need them most.

Grace Mastalli, Esq., Chief Executive Officer & President
A lawyer by training, Grace Mastalli has spent her life in public service. and working for social justice. As a high ranking career official in the US Department of Justice, she was instrumental to the enactment and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as many other federal laws and regulations. After leaving the government for good, she continued being a force for change advising on law and technology issues, ethics, and corporate responsibility while bringing systems thinking and discipline to start-ups and nonprofit organizations.