Never Give Up: New Kickstarter Campaign Seeks to Raise Money to Purchase Prosthetic Covers for Wounded Veterans
Every day we see a lot of Kickstarter campaigns being launched for new products, charitable causes, and combinations of the two. There are so many projects related to 3D printing alone that we can’t possibly cover all of them, and it’s difficult for those looking for new projects to back to find every available option. Sadly, this also means that over half of the campaigns launched don’t reach their funding goals, no matter how cool the product or worthy the cause. I can only imagine the disappointment of those who have put so much of their time and energy into their projects to have them fall short of their goals, but that’s how the business world works, especially regarding crowdfunding efforts.
Setbacks are no reason to give up, however, in business or otherwise, and often the most successful are those can take a failure, turn it around, adjust their goals and try again. Adam White is no stranger to disappointment; in fact, “disappointment” is a serious understatement when you’re referring to the loss of a limb. In 2013, White lost his left foot in a motorcycle accident. Thanks in part to the support of his community, who held several fundraisers for him, White was able to obtain a prosthetic leg that allowed him to walk again.
However, White experienced what many amputees experience, which is the shock of having a metal rod where there used to be a limb. To help with this trauma, several companies have begun using 3D printing to create inexpensive prosthetic covers, or “fairings,” which can be customized to match the shape of the client’s remaining leg. The technology has also allowed for a lot of creative expression; amputees can choose from a wide variety of colors and designs, or even design their own fairings to fit their personalities. When White heard about these, he wanted to make his own. He launched a Kickstarter campaign to help him raise money to buy a 3D printer, which he planned to use to print fairings not only for himself, but for veterans and other amputees in his community.
Sadly, that campaign, which ended in March, fell short of its goal and wasn’t funded. White didn’t give up, though; he just modified his goal with a new Kickstarter campaign that, while less ambitious, is just as worthy an endeavor. Rather than buying a 3D printer to make his own fairings, White is now trying to raise money to purchase fairings to be given, free of charge, to military veterans who have lost limbs.
To meet his goal, White hopes to raise $5,000 by February 3. Rewards are modest, mostly in the way of T-shirts and armbands, but the greater rewards from a campaign like this one aren’t material ones. If the project is successful, White will work with companies such as UNYQ (which offers camo designs that appeal to many veterans) and Bespoke Innovations to provide custom-fitted and personalized prosthetic covers to at least 10 wounded veterans.
Regardless of the new campaign’s outcome, White has no plans to give up his attempts to help other amputees in his community. He is planning to start an Amputee Support Group in 2016 to help those who have lost limbs readjust to normal life. Discuss this article in the 3D Printed Prosthetic Cover forum thread on 3DPB.com.
Watch a video from Bespoke Innovations below:
Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Stay up-to-date on all the latest news from the 3D printing industry and receive information and offers from third party vendors.
You May Also Like
3D Printing News Briefs, May 25, 2023: Post-Processing, Osteoarthritis, & More
We’re starting out with business in 3D Printing News Briefs today, as Exentis appointed Eric Bert the President of Exentis Americas, and 3YOURMIND announced Alexandre Donnadieu has been promoted to...
Stratasys and Desktop Metal to Merge in $1.8 Billion Deal
After US stock markets closed on Wednesday, May 25, Bloomberg reported that “people familiar with the matter” told the website that 3D printing industry pioneer Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) was “in...
Zeda Opens 3D Printing Facility in Cincinnati to Serve Regulated Industries
Today, California-based Zeda, Inc. announced that it has officially opened the doors to its new 75,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company, which rebranded to Zeda from PrinterPrezz...
US and Australia Form Clean Energy Pact as WTO Head Calls for “Reglobalized” Supply Chains
Amidst the G7 summit in Hiroshima last weekend, CNBC interviewed the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, concerning her general outlook on the current state of international...
Upload your 3D Models and get them printed quickly and efficiently.