3D Printing Allows College Student to Save Infants in Kenya

Published by , August 11, 2014 11:50 am

(QMed.com) A 20-year-old electrical engineering student at the University of Nairobi in Kenya has used a Makerbot 3D printer to create a tiny vein finder for use in infants. Alois Mbutura created the prototype while in his first year at the university, and believes it could go a long way in helping to deliver numerous infant vaccinations needed in underdeveloped countries such as Kenya, according to an article on 3dprint.com.

Recently, both the School of Health and the School of Engineering at the university partnered with Mbutura in an effort to help address the difficulty healthcare professionals encounter when locating veins in infants. What’s even more astounding is that Mbutura can produce approximately 100 of these vein-finding devices in a single day on one 3-D printer. Affordable mass production of medical devices such as these are exactly why 3D printers are beginning to make such an impact in underdeveloped nations.

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