Today’s Reality: 3D4MD is building a digital library of crowd-sourced, quality-tested medical solutions for home, abroad, and in space.
Transformation: This year, we are launching Medical Make-A-Thons worldwide to teach cutting-edge tech skills and add 150 new designs to our digital catalog to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and to promote universal and accessible healthcare globally. Contact us if you'd like to sponsor or host a Medical Make-A-Thon.
NEEDED: MEDICAL CARE FOR SPACE MISSIONS
Today’s Reality: The illness or death of an astronaut can be catastrophic for a mission. Cost and storage constraints severely limit the medical care capabilities of space missions.
Transformation: 3D4MD has designed and tested a solar-powered, plug-and-play, ultra-portable 3D printing system to manufacture a range of hygienic, effective, and low-cost medical supplies at the point of use. Designing this system to fit inside a carry-on suitcase allows safer handling of fragile parts and saves money by avoiding checked baggage fees.
Needed: Custom-made medical devices
Today’s Reality: In remote and insecure regions, finding specialized medical skills, equipment and items can be impossible. Whether these may be custom-made rehabilitation items, replacement parts for a medical device, or unforeseen objects needed to prevent or treat a medical condition, these items are normally only as close as a major hospital in a far away capital.
Today’s Reality: Over one billion people have a disability. Many of them need but can't obtain personalized assistive devices to allow them to participate fully in everyday life.
Transformation: 3D4MD makes award-winning, 3D printable assistive devices which can be made on 3D printers in clinics, pharmacies, public libraries, schools, universities, makerspaces, print shops and people's homes. This saves time and money for people with disabilities.
Needed: New skills
Today’s Reality: Nearly one billion people live on less than $2 per day. People need more than resources, they need skills and knowledge to empower them to look after themselves and those around them. Exposure to 3D printing technology and design thinking can be a powerful means for transformation.
Today's Reality: Cadavers are often in short supply, are costly, and eventually have to be replaced. Body dissections may also be prohibited for cultural or religious factors in some regions.
Transformation: 3D4MD uses freeware to 3D print image-based human and veterinary anatomy models on affordable desktop 3D printers to enhance medical education and surgical planning tailored to a specific patient.