3 D design and printing helps kids

A new 3D  lab  that enables engineering and prototyping orthopaedic implants for children, using 3D design and printing, was openied by Jillian Skinner, Minister for Health.

Prof David Little, world renowned orthpaedic surgeon, researcher and educator,  has developed solutions for many of his young patients, translating his research into clinical practice. Six devices are in varying stages of development for commercialisation

Globally, hundreds of thousands of children have lower limb deformities from a variety of causes including infection, trauma,  or developmental disorders. This affects not only how kids move and their independence, but also their state of mind.

The new lab is called EPIC 3D – standing for Engineering and Prototyping Implants for Children. The revolutionary new implants address clinical gaps in paediatric bone health and are tailored for a child’s specific problem. resulting in less time in hospital, shorter healing times and most importantly, better functioning for children

A multi-disciplinary team of surgeons, engineers, biomedical scientists and allied health professionals work on the design and development on-site, consulting with manufacturers, both local and global, to refine the designs. 

The NSW Government funded the refurbishment of the laboratory and has helped bring an innovative medical technology to market through the NSW Medical Devices Fund. A donation from Hyundai Help for Kids funded the  purchase of two 3D printers. Donated funds also enable two engineers to work on the projects for two years.