3D printing has redefined the way engineers and designers develop products. Now, the power to quickly, affordably prototype and produce unique physical models is driving change in healthcare, bringing doctors closer to patients, and delivering treatments and devices customized to better serve each unique individual. Practitioners and patients alike have traditionally faced the dilemma of choosing between insufficient, mass-produced devices or treatments, or prohibitively expensive custom solutions. While some can be slightly adapted to the patient, trying to tackle multiple symptoms with the same device has limitations. 3D printing offers the ability to affordably produce highly customized parts, and is helping to change this paradigm. While 3D printed custom orthotics are not ubiquitous yet, we are starting to see the change. Thanks to the highly precise custom fit, the devices are comfortable to wear, and when Nik grows out of them, Matej can easily create a new set.

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