No 3D printing innovation is more important or revolutionary than a medical one, and in that respect we are very happy to learn of some new fantastic designs by a young Italian nonprofit organization. Called Open BioMedical Initative, this group of volunteers has spent the last year or so working on and perfecting 3D printable designs for low cost medical solutions. At the Maker Faire Rome 2015, they have unveiled three of their creations: a prosthetic hand and a low-cost bionic version, and even a 3D printed BOB incubator for newborn babies.
Open BioMedical Initiative was born out of a very clear problem: 80% of the world’s population doesn’t have access to adequate medical technology. Fortunately, globalization and technological innovations are now enabling us to do something about that. ‘Geographical distance can be easily overcome when technical difficulties are faced together, costs cut down in order to help every person, supporting them through humanitarian organizations, NGOs and local health aids too. Biomedical technology can meet the Network and its potential, it can become a Digital Biomedical initiative, at the service of a World without borders and disparities,’ the Italian innovators tell us of their ambitions.
As Valentino Megale of Open BioMedical Initiative explains to 3ders.org, their organization was founded over a year ago with the purpose of combining the talents of many specialist volunteers into a single life-changing operation. ‘Engineers, doctors, makers and designers work on the design of biomedical devices. Graphics and video makers creatively tell about activities and aims of the OBM Initiative. Writers and bloggers describe the potential of the new technologies posting on an online Magazine. Lawyers and economists discuss and develop new legal and economic approaches,’ he says. ‘Curious and passionate supporters share the latest news about the OBM Initiative and help in organizing events. All of them share their skills and their free time, a family where everyone is welcome.’Read more