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Twinning solution

Self-designed 3D printed assistive devices

Twinning type

  Full adoption

Main policy priority

  Digital tools for citizen empowerment and for person-centred care


Centre Mutualiste de Rééducation et de Réadaptation Fonctionnelles de Kerpape


City of Aarhus, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège, Università Degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE)

Short description

A REHAB-LAB is a fully integrated FabLab in a rehabilitation or a medico-social organisation, where patients create their own assistive devices using 3D printing. The idea behind the solution is to involve patients with disability into their rehabilitation process by designing devices which are also with higher specification responding to the personal needs.

The twinning will allow the transfer of an operational REHAB-LAB to 3 adopters with different maturity levels and secondly, it will launch a collaborative IT platform as main support tool for communication, long-term collaboration and dissemination to a wider community of REHAB-LABs. As there are different innovativeness perception from adopters, the twinning will either relate to 3D printing for assistive devices (technological innovation), citizen/patient involvement (social innovation), or networking/community engagement (organizational innovation). Another deliverable of the twinning is a common charter which will provide a framework to share values and processes notably about citizen respectively patient involvement.