2017 PROJECTS 

FETOSCOPE

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The Fetoscope, also known as the Pinard Horn, is a type of stethoscope used for listening to the heartbeat of a fetus. It is used by doctors, nurses, and midwives all over the world.

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BREAST PUMP SYSTEM

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Hunger is a daily struggle in many developing countries. Malnourished mothers often have difficulty producing milk, so those who are able to produce milk breastfeed infants from multiple mothers. Unfortunately, this can result in the transmission of orally-spread diseases between infants and puts an undue strain on the nursing mother's schedule. Team Ees developed a 3D-printable breast pump system to help address these problems and make safe and easy milk distribution more widely available.

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OTOSCOPE

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The ear provides easy access for examining and diagnosing disorders of the complex and interrelated ear, nose and throat system. The otoscope is one of the primary methods a practitioner uses for diagnosing patient complaints for the entire ear-nose-throat complex. This version attaches to a phone to use the camera and flash for inspections.

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OTOSCOPE (HANDHELD)

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This handheld otoscope is designed with 5 total parts and 4 detachable points. The removable cap can be removed to allow a torch or set of batteries to be placed within the hollow body for a light source. The lens holder has an inclined grove to allow the lens to slide into place with ease. The eyepiece has three protrusions to hold a lens in place and prevent further shifting. The ear piece is an interchangeable speculum for an infant and adult.

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WRIST SPLINT

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A wrist splint is a brace that looks like a fingerless glove. It stabilises your wrist in a straight and sometimes slightly bent-back position. Wearing a wrist splint minimises pressure on the median nerve and allows you a period of "relative rest" from movements that make carpal tunnel syndrome worse.

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POCKET MASK (NEW)

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Used to deliver rescue breaths the pocket mask and one-way valve is a potentially life saving piece of equipment. In 2017 Team Z made refinements to the 2016 pocket mask.

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POCKET MASK MOULD

 
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This print creates a mould into which silicone is poured to create a mask with the same profile as the solid print. After curing the valve attachment can be glued to the silicone mouth shield using a common adhesive, such as Loctite®. The benefit of using a method such as this is that the mold is reuseable, freeing up the 3D printer for other needs whilst still producing pocket masks as required.

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FLEXIBLE PLA PROTOCOL

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A significant limitation of 3D printing is the mechanical properties of the final print. PLA is relatively brittle following printing due to the bonds between the layers being relatively weak which contrasts starkly with a stock material which is both strong and elastic.

This protocol allows any PLA print, or portion of a print, to be treated and regain it’s flexibility and strength. When exposed to tetrahydrofuran (THF) or a solvent with similar chemical properties, it penetrates the pores of the print, melts the material upon removal and rinsing, allows the layers to form a more uniform and isotropic bond.

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ARM SPLINT

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Arm fractures require a solid and stable support that allows them to heal with a proper alignment of the bones. A modular plastic splint can adapt to different arm sizes, is reusable and easy to clean. N.B. Requires that first a cotton dressing is wrapped around the arm in order to protect the skin from the plastic. Then, the pieces are assembled to form the splint and a closing piece is used to close the cylindrical structure. Finally, an external dressing is used to ensure the pieces are kept in place. 

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ADJUSTABLE WRENCH

 
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A wrench essential for any health-care facility, regardless of its size, to implement a maintenance programme for medical equipment.

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UMBILICAL CORD CLAMP

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The umbilical cord clamp plays an essential role in stopping blood flow and preventing infection after child birth. This project was launched by the 2016 Med3DP team but research revealed that, when used in the field, some  features of the previous design may cut the umbilical cord instead of clamping it. In 2017 Team LPL revised the design to prevent risk of cord cutting.

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KIDNEY TRAY

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Kidney trays are used in many medical surgical and non-surgical interventions to dispose any waste products resulting from them. A 3D printed plastic kidney tray isn’t cold and uncomfortable for patients and can be provided to low resources regions, in which kidney trays might not be a priority item to but can be very useful for doctors. By 3D printing a kidney tray that can be further used as a mold for vacuum forming, valuable resources and time will be saved. 

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