RLF was proud to celebrate an exciting moment for #3DHOPE as RLF Vice President Keith Holloway, AIA, NCARB and Senior Interior Designer Brenna Milne attended the September ribbon cutting at the University of Central Florida for Limbitless Solutions.
RLF has partnered with Limbitless Solutions since 2018 on its journey for a new facility that will help support its mission, research, and path to FDA approval of bionic arms for children, and soon for adults.
Limbitless Solutions is a small organization with a big story. Initially inspired by a radio program about the creation of the first 3D-printed mechanical hand, then University of Central Florida student Albert Manero saw an opportunity to get involved. He pitched the idea to fellow students, and together they created a 3D-printed bionic arm for children. In 2014, Manero formalized Limbitless Solutions, a direct support organization of UCF.
The Limbitless Solutions approach focuses on empowerment. Understanding that children with limb differences often face criticism from other children, the Limbitless team develops themed, artistic, and colorful arms that any child might be thrilled to sport, as well as video games that teach children how to use muscle movement in preparation for receiving their arms.
RLF ‘s design for Limbitless Solutions’ new 4,256-square-foot facility included a reception area, a large collaboration area, conference space, and a manufacturing space containing four large 3D printers, automotive paint booths, and industrial fume hoods. Our mechanical, electrical, and construction administration teams coordinated extensively to ensure that the spaces integrated properly within the existing building and were designed to function safely for the Limbitless manufacturing process.