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UNYQ steps it up with new 3D printed prosthetic leg socket

UNYQ, a company specializing in custom 3D printed medical wearables, has launched its latest product: the UNYQ Socket, a 3D printed prosthetic leg socket. The new medical device can be paired with UNYQ’s custom 3D printed prosthetic covers and integrates sensors for monitoring the wearer’s activity.

The launch of the UNYQ Socket marks an expansion of the company’s Prosthetic Wear line, which UNYQ says will continue to grow until the end of 2021. The new product complements UNYQ’s personalized 3D printed prosthetic covers, which are sold in over 50 countries around the world.

UNYQ Socket

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of the UNYQ Socket today,” said Manual Boza, Co-Founder and VP of Prosthetics at UNYQ. “This is another step forward in being able to provide amputees with a total leg solution. A solution where it’s practically one component, rather than a mish mash of different elements bolted together. We are working hard to further develop our Prosthetics Wear line, as well as the other exciting medical wearables in our pipeline, to continue to support our end users.”

The UNYQ Socket reinvents the traditional prosthetic by replacing many heavy metal components with more lightweight materials. Moreover, the prosthetic socket integrates a number of sensors which record and monitor the wearer’s activity, including number of steps and calories burnt. Clinicians as well as patients can access the data captured by the socket. Notably, the 3D printed socket can easily be replicated, meaning that users can have more than one prosthetic leg.

UNYQ Socket

The new prosthetic product, which has been ISO 10328 tested, was presented for the first time at the British Association of Prosthetics and Orthotists (BAPO) in Harrogate, England on March 15th. The San Francisco-based company will soon be presenting the medical device in Germany, as well as in the U.S. and Japan.

The UNYQ Socket is now available for order and the company says the medical device will be shipped within three weeks of ordering. Presently, UNYQ is seeking partnerships with multiple clinics and expects its 3D printed prosthetic socket will be covered by insurance in most countries it is being sold in.

Recently, UNYQ appointed Marcus Engman, the former head of design at IKEA, as its Vice President of Design.

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault moved from her home of Montreal, Canada to the Netherlands in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. It was during her time in Amsterdam that she became acquainted with 3D printing technology and began writing for a local additive manufacturing news platform. Now based in France, Tess has over two and a half years experience writing, editing and publishing additive manufacturing content with a particular interest in women working within the industry. She is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM industry.

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