Today, members of the team at Barber Prosthetics Clinic took part in the Make-a- thon at BCIT. This event was created by David Seibt as part of his PhD in Sociology from the Munich Center of Technology in Society. With the help of the BCIT MAKE+ Applied Research Group, David brought together a group of experts to come up with creative solutions for patients around 3D printing.
The group of experts consisted of industrial designers from Emily Carr Institute, 3D printing experts, biomedical engineers, certified prosthetists, registered prosthetic technicians, and, most importantly, patients. Patients were the driving force for the designs as they brought to the table hiccups or limitations they encounter daily.
Through discussion and collaboration between all expert professionals, prototypes were created and 3D printing experts brought these to fruition. The physical prototypes were showcased at Wiivv on Thursday September 28. Aside from helping David complete his PhD, we were ecstatic to be part of such unique environment and sharing of ideas across different fields. Cheers to a new way of approaching problems and looking forward to another Make-a- thon in the future!