Finalist category: Young People's Award
Young People's Award, 2015
Vitória Maurício is an anatomical artist and 3D modeller, who had just finished a Masters degree at Glasgow University when she found Open Bionics on Twitter and asked to be part of the team.
Vitória is now the lead designer and modeller at Open Bionics, and is responsible for designing a 3D printable hand that’s biomimetic (looks and functions similar to a humans). Not only does Vitória design incredible human-looking hands, she also designs bionic hands that can be printed in just two days, and in two parts – a huge innovation, as current bionic hands take weeks to make and deliver to amputees.
Her recent achievements include designing a hand for a nine-year old quad amputee, being endorsed by two leading amputee charities, Limbless Association and Limbcare, and having her design printed all over the world, most recently fitting a US marine with a 3D printed hand after losing his limbs in war. Vitória’s designs will soon be available to download for free, so anyone can 3D print their own hand.
Visit Vitória Maurício’s website to find out more about her work.