Project uses MakerBots to 3D print medical supplies in Haiti

Jan4-2014HaitiDreams1

The effects of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 are still affecting the work of aid groups and health care workers, but they’re now getting some help from an unconventional source: 3D printers.

A project called iLab Haiti, which is an initiative of Kid Mob, has brought several MakerBot 3D printers to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and is using them to produce prototypes of certain basic medical supplies, such as umbilical cord clamps, on demand.

iLab Haiti, based at the Haiti Communitere facility, is currently using ABS plastic to print the devices, and while they aren’t quite a finished product yet, it’s hoped that further iterations will bring the devices up to medical standards.

Read more: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/project-uses-makerbots-3d-print-medical-supplies-haiti.html

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