Tri-C students design 3D-printed devices to aid disabled vets
November 27, 2017
With the aid of additive manufacturing, Cuyahoga Community College students are designing new ways to assist disabled veterans at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.
Many of the patients at the center have lost total or partial use of one or more limbs. The injuries have hindered their ability to perform many of the daily tasks able-bodied people take for granted, such as eating with utensils and turning the pages of a book.
Students in Tri-C’s 3D Digital Design and Manufacturing Technology program are hoping to give those patients a piece of their lives back with devices they have designed and prototyped in the College’s 3D printers.
The devices include a fishing rod, eating utensil handle and gardening tool, all adapted for patients who have lost use of a hand or arm.
The students demonstrated their devices to an audience of patients and staff at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. For the full story, read the feature that appeared in Sunday’s edition of The Plain Dealer.