According to the latest statistics report published by the Cambodian government, there are approximately 60,000 casualties caused by landmines in the last 30 years or so. These amputees often lack the financial means to afford prosthetics on the market. Hence, we hope to employ bamboo, a local resource found in Cambodia, to produce low-cost and standardised prosthetics.
Bamboo is a perfect material for making the “ankles” because its bendable and elastic properties allow it to simulate the curve of human ankles. This elasticity also creates a comfortable experience for the user. Polycaprolactones, a kind of thermoplastic polymer that softens at 60 degrees Celsius, is chosen as the material for the transtibial socket. The material is first cut to a required size, then heated in water at 60 degrees Celsius until the material softens. The softened material can then be draped over a stump and manipulated into shape before cooling down into a fixed form.
Usage of BAMBOODIA is simple and straightforward. The modular design makes the prosthetics adjustable to various sizes and lengths. Although teenagers from the age of 14 to 18 require frequent prosthetic replacement due to their faster growing rate, amputees can obtain suitable prosthetics at a low cost. BAMBOODIA becomes a sustainable and affordable solution for amputees of all ages.