The Namaste Limbkit is a self contained prosthetic fabrication system for transtibial prostheses which enables mobile care in rural settings and conflict zones. In less than half a day, the Limbkit system enables production of custom prostheses, without a conventional prosthetic fabrication facility and expensive/cumbersome equipment.
Limbkit uses a user-friendly, end to end system contained in two easily transported trunks with hybrid digital and traditional workflows. Namaste’s primary workflow is to scan a patient's limb via web app using a smartphone, create a model of the limb with remote support by a clinical mentor, 3D print, reinforce the socket for strength, and assemble into a complete transtibial prosthesis. Because this kit is self-contained and easy to transport, it can be set up in any medical clinic to provide care which is especially valuable for rural regions with multi-use clinics.
The kit includes two mobile trunks: 1) Fabrication Trunk: includes 3D printer, UPS battery backup, computer, scanner, grinder, vise, electric/ hand tools, and fabrication supplies to make patient-specific prostheses, and 2) Inventory Trunk: includes socket supplies, liners, modular feet, and components to fit at least 10 patients before restock.
Collaborative CAD Software
Through extensive conversations with our partners and our own experience in countries like Haiti and Nepal, we learned that prosthetic care education opportunities in low-resource countries are extremely limited. There are few local conferences and even fewer manufacturer workshops to teach new prosthetic care methods and train care-givers on current technology. As a result, there is great disparity in the quality of prosthetic care received by amputees living in poverty.
Operation Namaste’s Collaborative CAD Software was built to overcome this barrier by providing a tool that brings knowledge, resources and design capabilities to prosthetic care providers in under-resourced settings. Through the use of digital scanning, multi-channel computer aided design, online training and real-time collaboration, our CAD software is helping patients in developing countries obtain customized treatment previously not available.