ASTEC displayed its use of 3D printing technologies for creating medical simulation training modules and artificial tissue models at the annual STEAMworks Showcase. STEAMworks is a one day event hosted by the University of Arizona that showcases Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in action. High school students and UA undergraduates get hands-on experience with real-world science applications. ASTEC demonstrated ways in which 3D printing technologies can be used in innovative ways to create medical training devices that allow trainees to practice medical procedures in a risk-free environment. Students were invited to learn to suture using a suturing pad made from artifical tissue and a custom-made chassis. The goal of the showcase is to inspire students through the exploration of diverse STEAM applications and to stimulate interest in science careers.
Photo credit: Wilbur Wildcat