lower-limb amputees to take part in designing and creating covers for their prosthetics.
The startup company offers an app-anddesktop interface that users can use to upload the shape and dimensions of their devices — then provide a design of their choosing, whether it be a polkadot pattern, photos of friends and family, or the logo of a favorite sports team.
Frazer and his team translate that data into computerized blueprints — the templates that will be used to fabricate the covers via 3-D printing.
By personalizing the look of devices that too often have an unsightly “medical” appearance, Frazer said, users can normalize physical conditions that otherwise might leave them feeling alienated.
The company also reflects an idea that has been gaining traction in the burgeoning startup universe: Art and technology can work together in developing ideas for businesses that can make money while serving the greater good.
Stephanie Chin is the former director of a business incubator and the assistant director of entrepreneurship at MICA, where Frazer earned a degree in painting in 2016.
She views him as a model for some artists in an increasingly technological age.
“It’s interesting how he’s using his background as a painter and ended up doing 3-D prosthetic covers,” Chin said. “His story is a fascinating narrative about how artists are impacting our community.
“Winston is a really interesting representation of the modern-day creative entrepreneur.”
Frazer runs his fiveemployee company from a former industrial warehouse that has been converted into an office building.
He is one of the most visible individuals in the place as he moves about sharing plans and discoveries, seeking and delivering advice, and helping to connect scientists and entrepreneurs.
“His company is a great idea,” said Joshua Barnes, vice president of Harbor Designs, which works with companies and individuals to develop new products. “It’s a relatively simple product to launch. It’s in demand. It doesn’t require a lot of overhead. And he’s a master networker.”
Growing up, Frazier absorbed scientific vibes — a great uncle worked on satellites, and an uncle ran his own engineering firm — but also was fascinated with photography, drawing and painting.
The trip to Sao Tome and Principe with a MICA professor happened almost by accident — another trip had fallen through.
Frazer contracted an intestinal illness during the trip and landed in the hospital, where he met several amputees.
He was impressed at their tenacity, he said, and touched by the way they felt ostracized in the island culture. He soon learned that amputees worldwide struggle with self-consciousness as well as physical discomfort.
Frazer plans a soft launch of his product line in May, with a prosthetic cover retailing for about $900.
“What I’ve learned,” he said, “is that when creative and scientific approaches come together, you’re going to do better, more meaningful work.
“That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing.”