Designing a 3D printed tool for medical use

From reverse engineering to iterative design

Jennifer Glauche

As part of a project to make medicine more accessible in disadvantaged communities, I am making usable 3D-printed copies of surgical tools. This talk will go through the process of turning an existing commercially available hemostat into a 3D-printable model. I will show how I started with a native 1:1 copy of the tool and went through several iterations to match the functional properties of the original. I'll show the problems with each iteration and how I went about solving them. In the end, I'll talk a bit about how these tools are going to be used and the impact they will have.