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    Upon our first trip to the Beth Israel Deaconess hospital in Boston, we got to see a simulative surgery in progress. We wandered around the room watching the surgeons operate on a mannequin with a human-like body. We got to looked at everything in the operating room, from the computer equipment to a complex table with an assortment of different surgical tools. Our studio was focused on designing new tools and devices that would improve the current state of the surgical art, or focus on accessibility and cost efficiency. We remembered back to being in the operating room with various different tools scattered on the table and decided to create a product that would organize these tools in a more efficient way.

    Surprisingly, our final iteration looked vastly similar to the initial concept sketches. We wanted to make a device that would be both simple but effective for surgeons. In that thought, we came up with a large cylinder to hold the tools, some sort of plate to keep fluids from leaking, and a large base to hold it all. We focused on both the design of the structure and 3d printed hooks that would hold each tool.  Our initial prototype was small, but thoroughly represented what we wanted to see for our final. This model was created out of cardboard and paper. For our final iteration, we wanted a stronger and larger model, so we began by enlarging the size of the cylinder, along with the size of the plate and base. The expanded size would allow for storage of more tools (up to 14) for the use of the surgeon. Before printing it out on wood, we did so on cardboard to assure that our measurements and tests were fully accurate. We also spent a lot of time 3d printing different versions of hooks that would support different tools. We focused on the scalpel, tweezers, forceps, and scissors. Each hook is made specifically for the type of tool it holds.

    We believe our device is a highly useful option for surgeons to consider when performing simulative surgeries. It not only reduces the amount of people required to operate the tools by allowing the surgeon to choose tools upon thought, rather than having to call for one but, organizes the tools very neatly.