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3D Printing Prototypes for Healthcare Professionals: Creating a Reciprocating Syringe


3D printing (additive manufacturing) has been around since 1984, but interest in the technology has increased exponentially as it has become both accessible and inexpensive. The applications of the technology in healthcare are still being explored; however, initial forays have been encouraging. It has the potential to revolutionize the process of prototyping for healthcare professionals by democratizing the process and enhancing collaboration, making it cheaper to do iterative prototyping with little or no engineering experience. This case report details the creation of a multi-lumen reciprocating syringe with 3D printing. The product has been created and tested using a variety of publicly available resources. It provides a detailed overview of the approach and the framework required to create such a medical device. However, the implications of this report are much larger than this one product, and the fundamental ideas discussed here could be used for creating customized solutions for many healthcare problems.

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Special thanks to Sherif Saad for the help with 3D modeling, Margarita Oks for the inspiration, and Ayushi Mishra for her valuable engineering feedback. The author discloses intellectual property pending on the design, but has no financial relationships or conflict of int erest surrounding the methods for creating prototypes.

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Rothenberg, S., Abdullah, S. & Hirsch, J. 3D Printing Prototypes for Healthcare Professionals: Creating a Reciprocating Syringe. J Digit Imaging 30, 566–571 (2017).

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