Month: January 2016

Niara : Update 01/31/16

On Friday, I submitted our paper on TAPIA. In addition, I spoke with Nick, one of our 3D printing specialists in the lab, and he plans to test out the semi-flex filament. On Monday, we will talk about how it turned out. This week, I will be focusing my attention solely on the grips and printing them. We discussed to have our regularly scheduled meetings on Monday.


Niara -Meeting 1/28/16

Sam and I had a meeting to discuss upcoming goals and deadlines. My main focus will be on 3D printing crutch tip and grips. Sam will be focusing on software.

Sam shared some statistical findings with me regarding our first session with the physical therapy students.

Email Karen : different types of infills, and prototypes. Rocker crutch tip, Clinicians want a crutch tip that is in between the plastic and ninjaflex and grips that we have already made that fits the crutches. Also, we will start testing semiflex filament on a printrbot.

I met with Amy to discuss the TAPIA feedback and CREU research updates.

Winter Update-SAM

Over the past month I have made considerable progress on our research efforts.
Left to Right: Play-Doh Model by Clinicians, Wire Print, PLA Filament Print, and Ninja Flex Print
1. Met with clinicians to discuss our first round of grip prototypes.
I personally returned to UMSOM to have a meeting with one of the clinicians in order to get their feedback on our first round of grip prototypes. We also finalized details for our first class session.
 2. Applied for and received IRB approval to make surveys for the physical therapy students we are working with.
I also personally filed all paperwork and made revisions to all IRB application forms. This IRB approval will be used to collect survey information from the students in order to determine their change in interest and knowledge of 3D printing throughout the semester.
 3. Taught our first 3D printing class for 65 physical therapy students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
This was about a two hour long class session. Niara and I had a trial run of the presentation the day before and had PhD students at UMBC review our presentation and give us feedback. We then went to UMSOM the next day and have a very successful presentation. We were really happy with the enthusiasm of the students and how they reacted to 3D printing technology
 4. Reviewed previous interviews with therapist to determine requirements for our grip fab software.
We reviewed and transcribed pre-recorded interviews with occupational and physical therapist to understand their comments on grip fab and collect a set of requirements for the future software updates.
 5. Started to build a 3D printer added to the lab for our grip printing (our lab personally funded). 
A SeeMe CNC printer was added to the lab and is currently being built. This machine is much taller than our other printers and will allow us to make considerable taller prints.
 6. Wrote multiple drafts for our TAPIA paper
Originally, we were hoping to apply to both TAPIA and CHI. However our paper did not meet CHI deadlines and we will instead be applying to both TAPIA and hopefully Pervasive Health. Once the semester is over, we also hope to present out work at ASSETS and present our findings from the classrooms sessions this semester.
We made considerable progress this winter and will be making more progress this week as we come together and discuss our weekly goals and expectations.

Niara: First Lecture at UMD Physical Therapy!!

Today, Sam and I went to UMD School of Medicine to deliver a presentation on 3D printing. It went very well. A lot of the students seem very interested in learning more about the collaboration between medicine and 3D printing. Dr. Gordes plans to send us the case studies so  we can prepare for our next session with the students.

Agenda for the next upcoming weeks.

  • Print more crutch tips (some plastic some ninja flex )
  • 3D Model of potential grip a clinician designed during our meeting
  • Make More test models
  • Submit our TAPIA poster