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3D Printing Innovation Challenge: winning projects on display

The Samuel J. Wood Library, in conjunction with the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), is pleased to host a display of the winning projects of the 2017 3D Printing Innovation Challenge. The display will run from June 9 – July 7.

The 2017 3D Printing Innovation Challenge, a.k.a. 3D Printing Hackathon, took place from May 12-19. It was sponsored by the CTSC and Tech-in-Medicine, a Weill Cornell medical student group, and was the first hackathon at WCM.

Five teams emerged to claim prizes – Most Innovative, Most Personalized, Most Integrated, Best Prototype, and First Prize. All designs are on display in the Library’s 24/7 area, accompanied by brief descriptions of their intended purposes and information about the participants.

The First Prize team designed and printed “adaptive” shoe insoles. Led by Val Mack, a Cornell University graduate student, the team included Eugenia Papadopoulos, a specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine at HSS, Aoife MacMahon, a medical student at WCM, and Jingyang Liu, Research Associate in Architecture, also at Cornell University.

 Other teams were similarly varied in makeup, including physicians, students, faculty, and staff -  both medical and non-medical - from WCM, HSS and CU, with a few community members participating as well. Team leaders presented their ideas and participants gravitated to projects that interested them, forming teams that then worked together to produce prototypes. Guest speakers from Cornell Ithaca skyped in and various mentors circulated the room to answer questions and provide input. The library provided reference information for each team about their proposed products and possible competitors which later helped to inform their presentations.

The prototype for a surgical tool invented by Dr. Kamal Turkmany, MD, a Surgery Fellow at WCM, was awarded Most Innovative Product.

Most Personalized Product was awarded to a team headed by Haijun Zhang, MD, PhD, and Instructor in Genetic Medicine at WCM, whose team designed a skull and tongue to simulate various airway intubation issues for training purposes.

The Best Prototype team, led by David Orbach, MD, from Cornell University and Nir Ben Chetrit, PhD, a Fellow in Medicine/Hematology & Medical Oncology at WCM, produced a prototype of a 3D Cell Culture Environment which has the potential to be used in modeling tumor development and also serve as an in-vitro testing platform to simulate tumors of various shapes.

Most Integrative Project was awarded to the team that created and printed a customized “Smart Pillbox”. Team leader Ashish Rajadhyaksha, MBA and founder of Care at Home Services, Inc., designed a biometric-enabled, wearable pillbox with flashing lights and API potential.

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