Our team of volunteer engineers (embedded electronics, mechatronics, software development) currently works on a prototype of an affordable 3D-printer dedicated to the flexible production of customized medical prostheses. The core idea of our project is to support people in need in their efforts to become self-reliant by offering assistance to institutions and hospitals in disadvantaged areas to implement, in real autonomy, effective "on-demand" solutions for people who suffer collateral body injuries (e.g. limb amputation). Our demonstration model which is under development aims to significantly reduce the costs of equipment and at the same time the costs related to the necessary training to perform the production of medical prostheses. 3D printing technologies offer today endless possibilities in the domain of advanced manufacturing and health but regarding the latest advancements, some major improvements are still to be made in order to spread prostheses worldwide and that's what we're working on at the moment. Our demonstration model will be later replicated at a larger scale when the project will live up to its promises and confirm great and encouraging results. The techniques take time, our challenge is as complex as it is ambitious but we're convinced that through our determination, strong partnerships, cooperations and relevant connections of ideas, skills, know-how and means, we will be able to develop our prototype into a fully operational service over the next year. We will report here regularly the project progress and findings. Our project is also yours, feel free to simply follow us, bring your experience, propose your assistance or share any ideas that come up. We are interested in hearing from you.
M3nD is a French non-profit organisation committed worldwide to provide material and technical assistance to institutions and individuals in need. The mission and goals of the association, which combine educative, scientific, social, philanthropic and humanitarian purposes, is to intervene in the general interest and in a non-profitable intention in the main following fields : health and accessibility to treatment, disability and social adaptation, poverty, education and childhood protection. The association has been created in 2015 by Peter Murrell, Samir Hamzaoui and Arnaud Kawka, three engineers who met at Esme-Sudria, a French engineering high school ranked among the top universities of Science, Engineering and Technology in Europe and specialized in the fields of energy, electronics and computer engineering.
Embedded Software engineer
THIS IS Peter MURRELLSince his early childhood, Peter is as passionate about music as about science, which he ultimately chose to turn into his profession. As an engineer in mechatronics he feels at home in the areas of mechanics, electronics, automation and IT. Versatile, particularly creative and tenacious, Peter is motivated by a constantly renewed desire to move forward in seeking to put its interdisciplinary approach and expertise to the service of humanitarian goals. Peter already contributed to a non-profit project that explores the use of robotics for the mobility of people with disabilities. He has successfully taken part in the development of a wheelchair prototype that can climb stairs.
THIS IS Samir HAMZAOUISamir is passionate about mathematics and computer science. He is actually working for a German automotive supplier in the Stuttgart region. His specialty as an engineer is the processing and modeling of images. Alongside his work, Samir is particularly committed to the field of disability and social inclusion in general and has already worked on a semi-automatic walking frame project to support people with disabilities in carrying out daily tasks (in partnership with the Garches foundation and ENS Cachan). Samir was also volunteering for the nonprofit organization La Cordée de la réussite, whose mission is to promote young people´s access to higher education, regardless of their socio-cultural environment by giving them key skills.
Graphic Processing engineer
THIS IS Arnaud KAWKAArnaud is interested in new technologies, oenology and extreme sports. He was French vice Junior Champion in boxing before he became an embedded software engineer. In his work, he is always open to new ideas and keeps a spirit of solving complex contemporary problems. Arnaud has contributed to leading research projects related to the inclusion of people with disabilities, such as "Handiperf" (data acquisition wheelchairs) with the French Disabled Sports Federation (FFH) and the Garches Fondation. In addition to his job at a German automotive supplier, Arnaud wants to reiterate his ambition to help. With the m3nD project, he hopes to be able to help as many people as possible to get better access to health care in the poorest countries of the world.
We would like to thank again here all our leading partners for their kind support and confidence in this great human, social and technological challenge. We're particularly grateful to Gilbert Pradel, an extremely experienced and passionate specialist in biomechanics of human movement for his technical recommendations ; Eurotramp Company, for its financial support which has ensured a quick start to our project and helps our team better focus on technical issues ; The nonprofit organisation Human Connection gGmbH and its founder Dennis Hack, for offering us a dedicated digital workplace and also the opportunity to develop our network and meet our specific operational needs as project assistance management, monitoring and consulting, as well as all those who are actively involved in our project by giving us their time and valuable support: Thank you very much for contributing to move forward our goal to spread worldwide affordable prostheses through 3D printing technologies.
Our small team of volunteer engineers needs of course your great support to move forward our goals, link up with partners and meet the challenges ahead. As we need to build a real comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to obtain encouraging results, our leading partner, Human Connection, will implement soon on our webpage some tools to help us connect with truly inspiring people. We're indeed convinced that many everyday people, engineers or not, with their skills, experience, means, network can contribute to our project and help us to combat social disparities which directly impact the health and well-being of underserved communities. For more information about becoming a m3nD partner, do not hesitate to contact us by email. Let's keep being connected !