Bespoke Innovations is a new company that designs and makes “fairings” – covers for prosthetic legs that can be designed specifically for the individual customer.
There are several steps to the process: first, a 3D model is created by scanning the customer’s legs. Then it’s tailored to their shape and design preferences – all kinds of patterns and graphics can be added – and finally the fairing is printed on a 3D printer. The whole thing can be done in a couple of days, though often the customisation process takes longer.
The company was set up by Scott Summit, an industrial designer, and Kenneth Trauner, an orthopaedist. The idea of fairings, the company’s first product, is to create something individual and stylish that’s also light-weight and structurally sound. 3D modelling and printing is therefore an ideal fit.
Bespoke’s fairings aren’t cheap – they run into the thousands of dollars. But there’s potential for this to become something incredible. Sarah Reinertsen, an athlete who lost a leg when she was a child, sees this as the beginning of better prosthetics. “As an athlete, I’ve been pushing boundaries, especially in endurance, and providing that a woman with a disability can do something as extreme as Ironman. And I want to be part of a cultural shift that changes your idea of what is beautiful as we rebuild the human body in the modern world.” Put like that, it sounds pretty inspiring.
Find out more from Bespoke’s website.