Mat Bowtell

Inspired by the likes of Nikola Tesla and Fred Hollows, Mat Bowtell’s vision is to create a world where all people have the same access to prosthetics and assistive devices, regardless of where they were born or their financial circumstances. Utilising his experience in lean manufacturing and 3D printing, he now designs and makes low-cost open-source prosthetics that are available to anyone who needs them. By making his designs open-source, Mat estimates that he has saved people over $7 million around the world so far. He is currently developing a multi-function bionic arm that he hopes will be equivalent to a $40,000 arm for as little as $100 in parts.

Mat now lives with his wife and two children on Phillip Island in Victoria, working as a full-time volunteer from his workshop.

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