Meet Nneile Nkholise, the woman using 3D tech to help breast cancer survivors

A young mechanical engineering technologist from the Free State is helping breast cancer survivors reclaim their lives.

Nneile Nkholise is the founder of Joburg-based iMedTech Group, which makes affordable breast prosthesis for women who have undergone a mastectomy.

iMedTech Group uses 3D printing technology to produce prosthetic devices that help women regain their confidence and sense of self after the traumatic surgery.

Nkholise says she started using 3D printing technology in 2013 while doing research for her Master's degree.

Read: Affordable 3D printed prosthetic helps six-year old grab life with both hands

iMedTech Group uses 3D printing to create the moulds and cast silicone inside to create the final breast prosthesis.

She says she has always wanted to help contribute in some way, to better the lives of women affected by breast cancer.

Nkholise explains that the 3D tech is a solution to the prohibitive costs of reconstructive surgery and other prosthetic devices on the market.

She says the prosthesis is more accessible to people from all economic backgrounds, with prices ranging from R900.

iMedTech Group offers both standard breast prosthesis sizes and customised prosthesis for patients.

She hopes to achieved her initiative, to 3D print 1000 prostheticbreasts for 1000 mastectomy patients, by October this year.

I have always had a passion for the breast cancer cause.

Nneile Nkholise, founder at iMedTech Group

Creating the breast prosthesis was me coming to a solution to a life-long journey.

Nneile Nkholise, founder at iMedTech Group

We are able to create breast prosthesis below R1 800. The prices are from R900 to R1 800, depending on the size.

Nneile Nkholise, founder at iMedTech Group

It allows a lot of people, even from disadvantaged areas, to be able to afford the breast prosthesis.

Nneile Nkholise, founder at iMedTech Group

It's a project that's close to my heart.

Nneile Nkholise, founder at iMedTech Group

Take a listen to her inspiring project:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Meet Nneile Nkholise, the woman using 3D tech to help breast cancer survivors


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