Gewinner des EIT Digital Tech Founders Award 2019 war die Firma Mecuris, die Prothesen digital misst und druckt. Foto © Mecuris

Paralympian champions are the best living proof. Like Utrecht snowboarder Bibian Mentel or the German Denise Schindler. Their prostheses did not prevent them from achieving outstanding performances. People can still function extremely well after an amputation thanks to modern technology. Especially if the prosthesis is made to measure using digital techniques and then made with a 3D printer. Manuel Opitz spoke about how this works and what barriers had to be overcome in what has traditionally been a time-honored and artisanal world for the makers of orthopedic aids. He founded the start-up Mecuris GmbH in Munich together with Wolf-Peter Werner and Jannis Breuninger.

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Author profile picture Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.