Medical EducationSMACC3D printing of high fidelity simulation equipment

Ciaran McKenna discusses 3D printing of high fidelity simulation equipment.

Simulation training is useful, but it is often a costly exercise. However, according to Ciaran McKenna, it doesn’t have to be.

Ciaran shares his experience of using 3D printing to create simulation equipment. According to Ciaran, anyone with basic computer skills is capable of making their own 3D solutions for simulation training. For example, he demonstrates how to design and print a basic mackintosh blade using 3D modelling.

Training for rare procedures can be very costly using the traditional simulation methods. However, training for such procedures shouldn’t be avoided. Therefore, creating low cost, high fidelity SIM equipment is key.

Furthermore, Ciaran explains how 3D scanners can be attached to iPads to take accurate facial contours of a person. Ciaran demonstrates how to make a mould of a person’s neck and then 3D print it. This mould is re-usable and cost effective.

Ciaran discusses the benefits of 3D printing and how it is an excellent alternative to expensive simulation equipment that is often out of reach for many facilities.

Ultimately, 3D printing of high fidelity simulation equipment is a good option. Ciaran is hopeful that more people will reap the benefits of 3D printing in the future.

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Ciaran McKenna

Emergency Medicine Consultant