Desiree Riny creates DIY design guide for people to make their own prosthetics

People without access to healthcare can use bicycle parts and other scrap material to make their own DIY prosthetics, using a system designed by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology graduate Desiree Riny.

The designer created the guide after spending a year investigating the reality of how rural dwellers in developing countries managed their lower-limb amputations as part of her industrial design masters thesis project at the university.

She concluded that the latest advances in prosthetics meant little to the majority of amputees, who either cannot afford professional care or live too far away from existing services.

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