About the solution
Zach was a master degree student at Victoria University School of Design when he used 3D printing technology to invent a dynamic, shock-absorbing scaffold fitted under the nose-shaped facade to anchor it against accidental movement.
He was driven to build this solution when he learned that people who had to wear prosthetics after injuries or surgery faced a second trauma – having their prosthetic accidentally knocked off during tasks such as playing sports or being jostled in busy spaces.
The base of the device Zach 3D printed connects to three implants in the wearer’s skull via magnets. A second component of the design enables the wearer to play sports. It has a realistic look and allows good air flow.
According to the innovator, such gadget already exists on the market, costing about $1000.
Zach built his solution for less than $100, in about two hours.
The designer made his researching while consulting a prosthetic user and maxillofacial and prosthetic professionals.
‘‘It’s just nice to raise the awareness of this condition, this day-to-day struggle of someone who has to wear a prosthesis”, he explained.
This device led Zach to win $4000 from the James Dyson Foundation, and an official fee prize package from the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand tailored to his design’s intellectual property needs, and a year’s membership to The Designer’s Institute.
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