Working hand in glove at the Victoria Hand Project

Plus, check out SIPP's latest Impact Report

Welcome to this week’s Midweek Memo. In this issue, read about South Island Prosperity Partnership’s Impact Report, Ocean Network Canada’s role in a new ocean project, and a cybersecurity competition win for a UVic startup.

Now, onto today’s briefing. It’s 682 words, a three-minute read.

Working hand in glove at the Victoria Hand Project

Source: The Victoria Hand Project

Reaching out a helping hand takes on a new meaning when you work in prosthetics. The Victoria Hand Project (VHP) uses 3D printing technology, combined with traditional methods, to provide prosthetic arms to amputees around the world.

Founded by University of Victoria associate professor Nick Dechev, VHP returned to its roots last month to fit a university alumni with a prosthetic limb. The company’s prosthetics are entirely mechanical and composed of 3D printed components and locally sourced laser cut parts.

To create a Victoria Hand, our partners use a combination of traditional techniques, such as creating a plaster impression of the limb, and new technology, such as 3D scanning the impression to create a digital model. 3D printing technology, including 3D scanning and computer-aided design (CAD) software, allows local care providers to create custom prosthetics – faster, more cost-effectively, and more efficiently than ever before.

The Victoria Hand Project

In addition to operations in North America, VHP partners with clinics in Cambodia, Haiti, Pakistan, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Guatemala, Nepal, and Ukraine, where VHP works with the team on the ground to provide education and training on 3D printing technology and methods.

📰 More Victoria innovation news

💥 The Big Bang: The South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP) released their 2023/24 Impact Report, highlighting SIPP’s initiatives, achievements, and plan going forward.

🌅 Into the Deep: Ocean Networks Canada announced its role as a partner in Building Bridges, a project from Canada’s Ocean Supercluster focused on accelerating the adoption of artificial intelligence in Canada’s ocean sector.

🤖 Mr. Robot: The University of Victoria’s Pencil Testers placed third nationally at CyberSci, a cybersecurity competition that took place in Ottawa last week.

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