UNYQ, a San-Francisco-based medical 3D printing company, has recently announced the launch of their 3D printed prosthetic leg socket called UNYQ Socket. The company leverages 3D printing to build customized prosthetic devices in a unique and modern fashion. This new product complements UNYQ’s 3D printed customized prosthetic covers, which are sold in over 50 countries. The UNYQ Socket was showcased at the British Association of Prosthetics and Orthotists (BAPO) in Harrogate, UK this past week, and is now available for order.
The socket portion of the prosthetic leg is the specific piece that attaches to the residual limb. UNYQ has equipped their 3D printed socket with features to benefit both the consumer and the physician as well. Their socket is equipped with sensors that record the amputee’s activity, including data such as number of steps and calories burned, offering a means of tracking fitness and exercise. The UNYQ socket is 3D printed using materials that make it extremely lightweight as well, replacing metal materials commonly used in other prostheses.
UNYQ also prides their approach to developing prosthetic devices in that they are unique and appealing to the eye. The UNYQ socket is one of multiple products that the company plans to integrate into their Prosthetics Wear line, with the ultimate goal being to create an ‘aesthetically unified’ prosthetic leg device within three years.
“We are thrilled to announce the launch of the UNYQ Socket today,” said Manuel Boza, co-founder and VP of Prosthetics at UNYQ. “This is another step forward in being able to provide amputees with a total leg solution. A solution where it’s practically one component, rather than a mish mash of different elements bolted together. We are working hard to further develop our prosthetics wear line, as well as the other exciting medical wearables in our pipeline, to continue to support our end users.”
UNYQ hopes that their unique prosthetic leg will benefit physicians by improving patient satisfaction, in addition to providing useful data through the sensors. In addition, the physician will be able to replicate these 3D printed sockets. With many amputees having multiple prosthetic legs, this will save time for the provider and physician by preventing need for multiple visits.
The company has also tested their socket device for ISO 10328, or the standard for lower limb prosthetics, to ensure the quality and efficacy of their product for clinical application. UNYQ expects to have the device available in many clinics by the end of the year.
With the growing popularity of their unique prosthetic covers for the upper and lower leg, UNYQ hopes to add a foot prosthesis as well to complete their lower limb prosthetic.
“We offer amputees revolutionary personalization in terms of color and design,” reads UNYQ’s site. “Our covers reflect our customer’s prior shape, and the available design and color options reflect our client’s style. We are developing a ‘total leg’ solution, with a printed socket and foot to compliment the covers that have proved so popular.”
The company also offers a second line of 3D printed medical devices, called Spine Wears. These award-winning braces for the spine bolster superior comfort and aesthetics to give the consumer a one-of-a-kind back brace.
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