Still 3D Print Club: Kirksville Campus
This year the library partner with a group of dental and medical students to form the “Still 3D Print Club” on the Kirksville campus.
While 3D printing technology is normally engineering-based, the world of 3D printing in the medical and dental fields has been expanding rapidly.
The club’s goals are to:
1. Introduce students to 3D printing technology.
2. Show students how they can begin printing their own designs.
3. Undertake 3D printing projects (medical and dental) voted on by the club members.
4. Explore areas of interest to develop 3D printing technology (open source designs, 3D scanner, etc.)
Innovative uses of 3D printing on the Mesa campus
“3D printed ultrasound probes are used by didactic-year PA students as a durable, inexpensive model to practice ultrasound probe placement and anatomical orientation for eventual transition to ultrasound machines. These tools facilitate independent and faculty lead discussions regarding optimal placement, probe selection rationale, and depth of anatomical landmarks to assist multiple learner styles at a substantial cost savings overusing clinical equipment for training. They also offer a durable refresher tool to reinforce technique throughout the entire didactic year of training.”
Kevin Kupferer, PA-C, DHS, MsCI, assistant professor of physician assistant studies
I cannot tell you enough how thankful I am that you were able to 3D print those pieces for me, they fit like a glove. You saved the last month of my doctoral capstone project! I would have had to cancel 10+ participant sessions for the study that I had scheduled in the month of April if I had to wait for those parts to ship from the United Kingdom. My only other option was to hold the steering wheel in place for an hour and a half per session with each of my participants.I did this for 30 minutes for the participant last week that the steering wheel broke on and I know that my shoulders would not have made it!
– Emily McFadden, DPT, ’19
by Debra Loguda-Summers, CLSS, library public services & 3D print shop manager & Adrienne Brodie, MLS, ATSU-Arizona School of Health Sciences and ATSU-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona liaison librarian