-By Alan Golombek
Far, far away, in a micro-gravity operating room, simple drainage catheters, chest tubes, and IV infusions do not function. There is no Central Supply of surgical instruments nor is there an on-call surgeon headed toward the Space Station. When resources are scarce, distances great, and environments challenging, advanced 3D printing to create specifically what you need with precise properties and dimensions, quickly, and on site becomes a priority. Be it parts for repairing transport, housing, equipment, or conducting surgery.
This was part of the award-winning presentation by Dr. Jacques Zaneveld, Co-founder of Lazarus 3D, to NASA experts last week before they won the highly coveted 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III competition in Hartford, Connecticut. In a separate competition, Lazarus 3D was also recognized as Top 15 Semifinalist Startup of the year 2018 at the Innovate Celebrate conference in Boston days earlier, October 15th.
Lazarus 3D Founders accepting their NASA iTech and Startup of the Year awards
One of hundreds of applicants, Lazarus 3D showed NASA their ability to create and print highly realistic, anatomically accurate, three-dimensional copies of human anatomy. These models are used to train medical students, practice in simulation labs, demonstrate medical devices, present patient-specific models in personal injury trials, and perhaps soon, provide astronaut rehearsal and realistic practice before performing an emergency appendectomy on a crew member while on the moon. Utilizing a proprietary patent pending process and multiple materials, Lazarus 3D creates a variety of precision standard and customized models of body part with the proper hardness, dimensions, softness, internal structures, and more. Their high-fidelity human models have the demonstrated potential to decrease medical error and OR time, increase competency and confidence, promote best practice, and improve surgical technique. Lazarus 3D’s technology creates customized products that can improve patient outcomes and meet needs – on Earth, and soon, in Space.
Read about the NASA iTech Winners here!
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