scott summit

Mill Valley, CA, United States

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scott summit
Posted over 3 years ago
Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs
I find as well that I'm always amazed by the resilience of people in dealing with such a change to their body. I'm sure you've seen Aimee Mullins' and Amy Purdy's TED talks - they're both big inspirations to the people at our studio. We can indeed 3d print the names of everyone into a fairing. I've wanted to create an 'all text' fairing for years, so this would be a great chance.
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scott summit
Posted over 3 years ago
Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs
We're actually finding that only some users pay. Many VA's are covering the costs for soldiers, and some prosthetists are offering fairings as a free part of their service to attract clients. And we've worked with a number of European clients who enjoy a favorable exchange rate. We've seen groups pitch in to cover the cost for a colleague or friend as well. Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover this. I find this unfortunate, since for many we've worked with, the fairing returns a degree of quality of living to them in a way that absolutely nothing else can.
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Posted over 3 years ago
Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs
Hello Justin - the cost is tricky for us. We go to great lengths to get the costs as low as we can, but we have limits, given the human involvement required in the custom process. The fairings cost $4K for the all polymer versions (the images you see on our site - www.bespokeinnovations.com - that show black or white fairings), and $6K for the metalized or leather-wrapped versions. The production costs are slowly dropping, but there are still designer hours wrapped into the equation. That said, this is relatively low, as compared to the other costs of a prosthetic leg, although we hope to make them more affordable over time. I do think that this technology has much to offer in terms of price/performance for a prosthetic leg at some stage.
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Posted over 3 years ago
Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs
Thank you, Ashley - it is indeed a different take on the design process. There are some designers exploring this new approach (N-E-R-V-O-U-S System, Freedom of Creation), but few, since this is very new technology without precedent to draw upon. But it can only get so big, since it's tricky to make a business model out of anything at all custom. We were very lucky to have visionary investors who understood the big picture of what this technology can do, but most would be uncomfortable with the idea that no two products are created at all alike. This runs counter to the last hundred years of product development, which focused on making products more identical.
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Posted over 3 years ago
Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs
You make a good point, and I didn't mean to mislead. The socket is always custom, by necessity. The combination of hardware components is ultimately custom, though through a selection of existing parts. And the footshells are always mass produced. The mass produced part that I refer to is the typical leg, which combines titanium or steel couplings, pylons, rotators, and other hardware parts. The end result tends to be a combination of the custom socket and the assembly of mass produced parts, though some do indeed cover it with the beige rubber (though many opt out of this option for a number of reasons). Our goal is to offer a new option based entirely on the body and taste of the wearer, so we do not replace the mass produced hardware beneath, but we integrate something unique and individual into the assembly.