Engineer & Founder, Limbitless Solutions
As a graduate student at the University of Central Florida, Fulbright Scholar Albert Manero heard a radio interview with the man who invented the first 3D-printed artificial hand. Inspired by the process, he went to the aerospace research lab on the UCF campus and learned how to design low-cost prosthetic limbs that could be delivered to children in unique and surprising ways. Read More >
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One of the prime directives of Limbitless Solutions is to use science and engineering as a tool to help other people, in the process helping to "re-brand" the field as anything but "cold" or dehumanizing. Through innovations in technology like 3D printing and advances in plastics, Manero and his team can effect positive change on both the community and global level through their unique prosthetic-limb manufacturing and distribution program. But this is only the tip of the iceberg for the engineering field — and for Limbitless. In this informative, future-forward presentation, members of the team discuss their own visions of science and engineering (including the projected expansion of the Limbitless output to include wheelchair innovation) and how other groups and companies can effect change in a similar way while helping to reposition engineering as something much more than an isolated, dispassionate profession ruled by anti-social nerds in a lab.
Albert Manero foresaw Limbitless Solutions as one part storytelling and one part engineering. To realize his vision, he overhauled the traditional STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math to include art and aesthetics. STEAM is an ethos for the modern age in which art and science are blended — in the case of Limbitless, it was no longer enough to churn out affordable prosthetic limbs resembling the anodyne plastic doll parts of decades past. Through innovations in plastics and additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, the Limbitless team artfully injects stunning design into the process, creating customizable prosthetics — like the replica of Iron Man's bionic arm that was one little boy's incredible wish come true — that are anything but clinical or retrogressive. Equal parts design manifesto and engineering summit, this presentation on STEAM and its numerous merits and applications will enchant audiences while helping them rethink the role of science, technology and design in our everyday lives.
Thanks to the technological advance known as additive manufacturing — the industrial version of 3D printing — companies like Limbitless Solutions can produce cheap medical implants in a timely fashion, breaking open its community-level prosthetics program to the global level. The possibilities are endless — and quite encouraging, with one Limbitless project slated for 2016 that will deliver 75 prosthetic arms to displaced Syrian children around the world. In this presentation, Albert Manero or members of his team explore the concept of "3D hope," using breakthroughs in engineering and technology to impact people in need in every corner of the world, from far-flung warzones to our immediate communities, where it's no longer necessary to wait months or even years for a prosthetic limb that once might have cost $40,000 and now costs as little as $350.
One of the more heartwarming aspects of the innovative Limbitless Solutions manufacturing and distribution model is the personal care put into the design of low-cost prosthetic limbs that are given away for free to children and families in need, enlisting actors like Robert Downey, Jr. to help deliver the implement. Steeped in joy and compassion, underwritten by larger companies who make this donation system possible, and rife with entrepreneurial spirit, the Limbitless model is one to be emulated or embraced by any company seeking stronger community involvement or deeper insight into compassionate investment. Designed for corporate audiences who want to learn how to give back positively without using grief or guilt to seal the deal, this presentation reverse-engineers the Limbitless story to find bold new ways to conduct business with compassion and conscience.
"Albert was simply phenomenal. He had an audience of students, faculty, staff, and visitors from the community whose backgrounds span STEM, nursing, and even business/entrepreneurship. He was able to present a talk that was informative about the work that he and Limbitless do, but also highlight for students the importance of academic perseverance, the importance of never giving up, and his own struggles as an engineering student.”
"Albert’s greatest presentation strength is his ability to connect engineering with meaning. We had Albert present a keynote to a National Engineering Forum regional dialogue of engineering leaders, and he brought to life Limbitless Solutions’ goal to create hope with 3D limbs by sharing how engineers, equipped with technical know-how and talent, can use their free time to change the world. Albert and the Limbitless mission is a story that must be shared and will inspire all audiences – from the highly technical to the general public, from business to philanthropy."
"Albert was a huge hit, as you can imagine. I trust it will result in some increased interest across the spectrum of our institutions and hopefully financial support for his efforts, as well. Some very generous and involved, socially-conscious folks who do a lot for many were in the audience."
"Albert was our keynote speaker at the Design & Manufacturing Conference: Innovations in 3D Printing. His presentation was very inspiring and set the perfect tone for our audience. I look forward to representing him on our future programs, and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for pioneers who are engineering a better world for us all."