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UNYQ Align Scoliosis Brace Prototype, 2016

This is a Scoliosis Brace Prototype. It was designed by Studio Bitonti, Francis Bitonti, Li Chen and Peter Wildfeuer and manufactured by UNYQ. It is dated 2016 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is 3d-printed nylon. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, most typically affects teenagers, with girls more likely to develop a curvature that requires treatment. Wearing a brace up to 18 hours a day is the most common therapy. The traditional brace, constricting and bulky, is often considered unattractive as well. Digital design techniques and 3D printing are used to create this customized light and appealingly stylish latticework form. It requires up to 75% less material than the traditional device to achieve the requisite support with greater freedom of movement. The UNYQ Align also uses an embedded digital component to monitor progress via an app.

This object was purchased from UNYQ and fund: General Acquisitions Endowment. It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

  • Leg Splint (USA), 1942
  • laminated and molded birch wood.
  • Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor.
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H x W x D: 43.5 × 28 × 27.5 cm (17 1/8 in. × 11 in. × 10 13/16 in.)

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UNYQ Align Scoliosis Brace Prototype, 2016; Designed by Francis Bitonti, Studio Bitonti, Peter Wildfeuer and Li Chen; 3d-printed nylon; H x W x D: 43.5 × 28 × 27.5 cm (17 1/8 in. × 11 in. × 10 13/16 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2017-12-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making | Breaking: New Arrivals.

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