In biomedical engineering it is not only important to make a highly functional piece of equipment but also to make the presentation of the design appealing. A senior design team from the Biomedical Engineering Department designed an electronic device to be used in hospitals to track the time a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) has been in a patient. The PICC is an intravenous tube used over a prolonged period of time. For example, it is used in chemotherapy treatment regimens, long-term antibiotic therapy, or parenteral nutrition. The catheter can remain in place from anywhere from a week to up to twelve months. To track the time that has elapsed, the device utilizes Electronic Medical Records.
The client of the design team emphasized he needed the device to be aesthetically pleasing in order for it to have a greater potential for industrial applications. The team chose to make their case using the ProJet 3D Printer because of the professional quality of the printer as well as the freedom it allowed them in creating a custom case. The team designed a custom case for their catheter-monitoring system and used the ProJet to create it.
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Article by Kari Simonsen