We are increasingly interested in exploring different ways of using 3D printing in healthcare. We have worked on a number of product design applications for 3D printing with different departments at Auckland hospital. Here are some examples:
This finger splint can be printed to fit a specific finger size whilst preventing the specific movement that is producing discomfort and allowing the damaged finger to heal. The design is light weight and robust, and very cheap to produce.
A small plastic clip had broken on one of the very expensive treatment machines, and could not be replaced. The cost to replace that segment of the machine was very high, when only a new clip was needed. We modelled and printed a replacement part so the machine could be used again.
Scanning and printing:
Using a mobile 3D scanner, we are able to turn complex geometries such as bones or ear structures into plastic 3D printed replicas. These types of applications can be useful in preparative and simulation surgery.
This head and neck cradle for radiation treatment can be printed to suit a range of head shapes, allowing the patient to be as comfortable as possible in a difficult procedure. Holding the patients The precision of 3D printing ensures the patients head is held accurately in place during the procedure.