A few days ago, we talked about designer William Root’s conception of stylish 3D printed prosthetic designs with affordable yet advanced tech. Well, this time around, things have taken a rather fashionable turn, with Alleles Design Studio’s solution of creating prosthetic leg covers with the groovy factor. Designed to be worn over existing artificial limbs, the multifariously patterned covers replicate the organic shape of the calf and leg areas.
In case you are wondering, the covers are made of sturdy ABS plastic components, with each design set being fabricated in a customized manner with CNC technology. The end results pertain to the natural silhouettes of the body, which are further accentuated with a range of vibrant colors and intricate templates. This according to the creators, endows a sense of empowerment and personalized preference for the user – with the fashion factor coalescing with practicality. In fact, the products will be released in such a manner to coincide with the seasonal collections, thus making the prosthetic cover a seamless part of the overall attire of the customer.
This is what Ryan Palibroda, one of the founders of the Alleles Design Studio, had to say about the design inspiration –
Many of the prosthetics people wear now are quite robotic and mechanical, as there has been a push in the last 10 years towards more functional prosthetic components such as robotic knees, feet and ankles. Although the functionality is better than ever, it has less relationship with the human body. While some people are fine with the bionic or robotic nature of the prosthetic itself, others want to regain the silhouette of the body.
The collection includes varieties, like ‘Ohm, Sugar Skulls and Paradigm’. You can take a look at these individually patterned designs, over at the studio’s very own online site/retail store.