Prosthetic art! The Kraków firm putting chique into bespoke artificial limbs
Glaze Prosthetics from Kraków is taking the world by storm with their stylish personalised 3D printed prosthetic arms.
Established in 2017 by Piotr Sajdak and brothers Franek and Grzegorz Kosch, the company has gone from strength to strength picking up awards and recognition along the way.
Now they are in the finals for the prestigious 43North start-up competition in the USA, the only company from outside of America left in the competition.
The main winner receives $1 million in funding with the runner up receiving $650,000, the third place receiving $550,000 and 5 other finalists receive $500,000 a piece.
Piotr Sajdak, co-founder of Glaze Prosthetics told TFN: “It happened by accident more than anything. We had being selling in the USA and we have a good network of partner clinics out there.
“We decided to enter not expecting to get far. There were over 600 applications and now we are in the final.”
Sajdak, 27, lost part of his arm after being stabbed whilst defending a female friend on a night out.
He met the Kosch brothers, Grzegorz 40 and Franek 30, through the charity ‘Business Run Foundation’ which he was involved with and they offered to help him design a prosthetic that would suit his needs.
He had refused traditional prosthetics because he didn’t like the look of them and as an active runner the heavy prosthetic, usually between 1.5 and 4 kilos, slowed him down.
The solution was to 3D print the tailor designed limb, improving the aesthetic whilst reducing the weight to only 750 grams. The result was a huge success.
“We spent most of 2017 doing research and development, designing and redesigning and the we started selling last year. We never want to stop improving though and we also offer clothing that helps proud wearers show off their prosthetic,” Sajdak told TFN.
The company operates throughout Europe and America but is hoping to invest in more marketing and customer support in the USA if they win the prize.
They plan to continue investing in research and development as well, hoping to not only improve designs and functionality but reduce the cost of prosthetics to make them more accessible to those who need them.
Even though each unit is tailor-made for the client and designed to suit their style and preferences, the prosthetics only take about two weeks to make and get certified.
Currently their Whizzlink model which has increased functionality costs upward of EUR 35,000 and their normal model costs about EUR 5,000.
“A configurator can be found on our website. The customer can choose from several colours and several finishes. There are many options, but people with completely personalized designs come to us: prints, hydrographs, airbrushes,” Franek Kosch, co-founder of Glaze Prosthetics said.
The company has recently started selling prosthetic arms for children and this has quickly developed into an important aspect of their business in Poland.