It’s been busier than ever at Materialise this year, and we’re proud to have worked on so many amazing projects! We’ve also gone through quite a few changes – from an entire rebranding to a new website, we’re feeling fresh and ready for a new year. Let’s take a look at the five most popular blog posts of 2016!
We had the opportunity here at Materialise Malaysia to start off 2016 by living up to the Materialise motto: working towards a better and healthier world. With the help of some talented and generous people, I was able to make a real difference in a wonderful little boy’s life, with a 3D-printed hand. But between the original inspiration to do this, and the final, happy, day when Padmaloshn tried on his new hand for the first time, lay months of dedicated effort by various people. This is how we created Padmaloshn’s new 3D-printed hand.
Meet Padmaloshn Vijayan, a cheerful little LEGO-building schoolboy from Kuala Lumpur. In all his young life, this capable 7-year-old has been performing his daily activities single-handedly: Padmaloshn was born without a fully developed right hand. Last year, he met Ayishwariya Menon, a volunteer teacher for a human values education program run weekly in his community — who also happens to be the clinical team manager at Materialise Malaysia. A few months later, Padmaloshn received his first 3D-printed experimental hand, designed by open-source community e-NABLE and printed by Materialise. Here’s how it all unfolded.