Mission: LegBank was initiated in June 2014 by social business developers from ProPortion and REGGS, in order to increase access to affordable, qualitative prostheses to low-income amputees in upcoming economies, starting in Colombia. Colombia is the country with the highest number of land mine victims in the world (Unicef). Often they live in rural areas and have low access to prosthetic care.
This is why LegBank introduces a hands-free casting device, known as Majicast, for manufacturing lower limb prosthetic sockets. The socket is the component which connects prostheses securely to patients’ residual limbs. It is unique for every human being and crucial for pain free walking. Since sockets are usually handmade by a highly skilled CPO, it is an intensive and therefore expensive process. Sockets produced with the Majicast, can increase user comfort, stability and fit. This will subsequently result in enhanced quality of life. In addition, the total time and costs for socket production will decrease.
REGGS has been part of Legbank since August 2014. REGGS designed and developed the Majicast, based on the principles invented by the Biomechanical Department of Strathclyde University (Glasgow, Scotland). The working principle behind the Majicast is hydrostatic pressure. This means that water pressure is used for modeling the casting material, by deforming the soft tissue of the residual limb under a uniform load. The product has been patented.
The ‘proof of concept’ of the device was tested in close cooperation with the orthopaedic centre de Hoogstraat in Utrecht. The Majicast has been demonstrated in Colombia, both in urban as well as rural areas, in May 2016. Based on the evaluation, Reggs will engineer the Majicast for production and sources for manufacturing.
REGGS designed the Legbank brand indentity, including the website and the promotional flyer of the Majicast for promotion in Colombia.
The Legbank initiative and the development of the Majicast is sponsored by Google Impact Challenge and others.