In hospitals, surgeons use special mannequins with simulated body parts in order practice or learn certain surgeries. Unfortunately, these simulations take upwards of two weeks to create, and need to be remade every time. Our project aimed to speed up that process by 3D printed molds and fast drying silicon to create fake organs more quickly.
Currently, medical simulations take about two weeks to create. On top of that, once the simulation is used, they need to completely remake the simulation for anyone to use it. With faster creation of these simulations, surgeons would be able to practice operations more often, lowering the chance of failure in actual surgeries. Additionally, this would give med-students more opportunities to practice these vital procedures, getting into the field a little faster.
In our process, we spent most of the first week experimenting with materials for the fake organs, with a visit to reynolds advanced materials to see what we could work with. I spent most of the time 3D modeling molds for all the main abdominal organs. In the meantime, Aidan became our materials expert, working with the skin primarily. Aveen on the other hand, primarily worked on creating the abdominal cavity. In the end, we didn’t have time to print the molds for every organ, although we had every mold ready digitally. Due to that unfortunate snag in the development, we were only able to create three molds that we could use. Sadly, because of this, we didn’t have any time to practice molding any organs, and ran into problems while molding the final pieces.