I had the pleasure of speaking with Julielynn Wong, founder of 3D4MD, on Monday Nov 23, 2015. Dr. Julielynn Wong went to Harvard Medical School and trained in public health. When she moved back to Toronto, she joined Hacklab. She has spent the last 5 years learning about 3D printing. Julielynn was inspired by 3D printing because she has always really liked technology and was looking for a way to apply technologies to populations who are in need. She is very interested in affordable 3D printers that can be available to less privileged populations.
3D Printing for Space
3D4MD is a social enterprise that Julielynn created in 2011. The team at 3D4MD adapted a 3D printer so it would function in space and be able to create 3D printed surgical tools at a space station. It is scheduled to 3D print medical tools on the International Space Station.
Solar Powered 3D Printing
The 3D printer was then further adapted so that it was solar powered and could be used in 3rd world countries to 3D print medical tools. This 3D printer fits inside a carry-on suitcase and will be accessible by the millions of people who don’t have access to electricity. 3D4MD is hoping to create significant cost savings and dramatically improve clinical outcomes. 3D4MD is also working to provide solutions for difficult medical situations in remote locations.
Just this month, Julielynn has won 2nd prize in the Toronto 2016 Social Innovation Challenge Pitch Competition. Julielynn has received a lot of press coverage, written articles and given many talks on 3D printing for medicine.
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