For many, receiving a prosthetic limb is a difficult task, with cost and time being primary obstacles to proper fit and comfort. This problem is especially apparent in the developing world, where there are fewer trained prosthetists per patient than in elsewhere. This problem also disproportionately affects children, as their naturally high growth rate means they outgrow sockets within months.
printAbility is a project aimed at solving this problem, and works with children in Uganda. The goal of the project is to scan and 3D-print fully-customized and low-cost below-the-knee sockets for children at all stages in their development. This project has been featured in The Toronto Star, BBC News, and on The Nature of Things, and is supported by CBM Canada and Grand Challenges Stars in Global Health.
Posted on Mar 12th, 2017
Matt Ratto was invited to speak to the Senate of Canada’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology regarding the role of robotics, 3D...Read More
Posted on Nov 24th, 2016
"The Cyber Summit provides a unique opportunity to engage with like-minded technology leaders in Western Canada’s public and education spaces"
Matt Ratto spoke at the Cybera Cyber Summit, which was held at the Banff Centre on October 26-28, 2016. His talk, abstract below,...Read More
Posted on Apr 21st, 2016
Working to establish expertise in developing countries
U of T News - "According to the World Health Organization, approximately 30 million people in low-income countries require prosthetic limbs, braces or other assistive...Read More
Posted on Apr 8th, 2016
Vorum provides software to help Nia Technologies boost output of overtaxed orthopaedic technologistsRead More
Posted on Dec 3rd, 2015
Celebrating the research community's work in accessibility
On Monday, November 30th, PhD Candidate Daniel Southwick (Faculty of Information) and Research Associate Josh Qua Hiansen (Semaphore) attended "Accessibili-UT," an afternoon event designed to...Read More
Posted on May 7th, 2014
Without a leg to stand on -- 3D printing prosthetics: Matt Ratto at TEDxUofT
Matt Ratto is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University...Read More
Posted on Feb 9th, 2015
Prosthetic limbs made by U of T researchers
BBC News (Health) - Catherine Byaruhanga reports from Uganda.Read More
Posted on Feb 17th, 2015
Semaphore's researchers provide world’s first functional 3D-printed prosthetic legs to Ugandans
CBC News - Canadian researchers and a 3D printer are making medical history in Uganda.
The Canadian team from the University of Toronto recently helped...Read More
Posted on Jan 15th, 2015
A University of Toronto professor is teaming up with an international charity and a hospital in Uganda to use 3D...Read More
Posted on Jan 9th, 2015
U of T researchers and a Canadian charity are teaming up to train Ugandan technicians to 3D-print artificial limb sockets
Matt Ratto, an associate professor at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, is a big believer in the Chinese proverb: “Give a man a...
Posted on Dec 8th, 2014
Making the fake parts is easy, but getting these limbs in the right hands takes a cultural, not just a...
FAST COMPANY - Inside the University of Toronto's brutalist concrete library, there is a room filled with human limbs. Not real limbs, but 3-D-printed lower-leg prosthetics....Read More
Posted on Nov 10th, 2014
Matt Ratto spoke at the MIT Dept of Architecture, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Semaphore’s own Matt Ratto spoke at the MIT Department of Architecture on Friday November 14th, 2014, as part of the Computation Group Lecture...Read More
Posted on Aug 6th, 2014
Matt Ratto discusses the PrintAbility project with The Frankfurter Allgemaine
Künstliche Gliedmaßen aus dem 3D-Drucker
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE - Justine musste fast ihr ganzes, noch nicht allzu langes Leben ohne Beine auskommen. Sie hatte sie kurz...Read More
Posted on Jan 18th, 2014
Easy-to-use 3-D scanning and printing technology would enable quick creation of a large pool of people capable of generating prosthetic...
WASHINGTON POST - "There’s a striking lack of individuals in the developing world who are capable of making good prosthetic limbs. The World Health Organization...Read More
Posted on Jan 18th, 2014
“The model is printed on a hobbyist level 3-D printer. A key part of this is to keep cost down,”...
THE GLOBE AND MAIL - A University of Toronto professor has teamed up with an international charity and a hospital in Uganda to try to...Read More
Posted on Jan 17th, 2014
As Christina Stevens reports, the limbs are transforming lives a world away.
GLOBAL NEWS – "Consumer-grade 3D printers have been used to create everything from guns to edible candy; but a team at the University of Toronto...Read More
Posted on Nov 23rd, 2013
Semaphore participates in Hacking Health, using 3D printing to tackle healthcare issues
TECH VIBES - "Over the weekend Hacking Health wrapped up its second Toronto-based Hackathon, bringing together developers, designers and healthcare professionals to improve healthcare through...Read More
Posted on Oct 21st, 2014
Today, scientists are applying 3D printing technology to the field of medicine
CBC - "We live in a world where technology is constantly changing. Sadly you know as you leave the store, that your brand new SmartPhone...Read More
Posted on Sep 6th, 2014
Sockets get liners which can be made by hand, from locally-sourced material.
Early experiments with the production of felt socket liners are looking good. Based on patterns generated from 3D models of residual limbs, fabric can be...Read More
Posted on Sep 6th, 2014
First event in the Critical Making Lab Workshop Series uses desktop fabrication tools to make custom prostheses.
"Scanning, modelling & printing—An experimental toolchain for prosthetics," the first workshop in the Critical Making Lab Workshop Series, will take place Thursday, the 18th of...Read More