AbilityMade is changing the future for children with cerebral palsy. Their incredible 3D printing process produces affordable, life-enhancing orthoses in hours - rather than weeks –giving thousands of children with cerebral palsy access to vital treatment they need.

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In Australia, a child is born with cerebral palsy every 15 hours. But unfortunately the demand for the Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) products these children need is much higher than their current availability. Globally, 100 million people need Orthotics, but only 10% get the devices they need. This is due to a shortage of trained personnel, cost, and the way in which they are presently made – which can take up to four weeks.

One company changing the paradigm is Sydney healthtech start - up, AbilityMade.By using state - of - the - art 3D printers and scanners - plus open source blueprints to encourage loose-knit communities of developers worldwide to study, modify, distribute, make or even sell the knowledge they make available. They aim to radically reduce wait times while improving the quality and customised fit of AFOs.With the support of Dreamstarter, they were able to turn a revolutionary dream into a reality.

AbilityMade is a new breed of business that puts people first, not profits. It enables us to create open-source designs for assistive devices needed by people all around the world

Johan du Plessis
co-founder of AbilityMade

In 2016, AbilityMade successfully ran a Crowdfunding campaign with ING Dreamstarter. Their goal was to raise $20,000, but within the first 12hrs of the campaign their community contributed $45,000 to their cause. With such a powerful community initiative, AbilityMade continued their success in raising awareness and funds for their business. In 2016, ING continued their financial support of the business, with a partnership through their launch of ING’s Android Pay Orange Everyday card feature and saw AbilityMade receive $50,000 from ING. They were invited to pitch at ING’s staff forum where they successfully convinced staff to vote for their work - acquiring an additional $2,500 – all proceeds going toward their clinical trials.

Expected impact:
  • Improve AFO creation times from 4 weeks to as little as 48 hours
  • Increase Orthotists efficiency by 400-600%, giving them more time to help more children
  • Decrease the cost, which helps families, the NDIS and equipment-funding charities
How to support the work of AbilityMade:

Help fund the research and testing needed to perfect the technology

Be part of the change. They are always looking for orthotists, research partners and clinical trial participants to join the effort.

Spread the word – Follow and share AbilityMade on their social networks and website.

  • October 2015

    Grand Prize Winners

    Won the Grand Prize plus People’s Choice at the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s New World Pitch competition

  • June 2016

    Received Funding

    Selected for REMARKABLE Accelerator

  • November 2016

    Became Dreamstarters

    Successfully completed Dreamstarter crowdfunding campaign with ING Dreamstarter

  • August 2016

    Secured Funding

    Partnership with ING on customer launch of Android Pay securing $50,000 to go towards our clinical trials

  • October 2016

    Furthered our Funding

    Pitched at ING staff Forum securing $2,500

  • April 2017

    Clinical Trial Approved

    Received approval from ‘ethics’ to run a clinical trial

  • June 2017

    Launch Clinical Trial

    Commenced our 7-8 month clinical trial