As a part of The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The Central Virginia VA Health Care System’s Assistive Technology team seeks to improve the lives of military heroes through innovation.
Using a pen is important in everyday life. But while many take it for granted, some veterans and active duty service members have afflictions that compromise grip strength, motor skills, or hand dexterity — limiting their ability to hold pens.
Time is extremely valuable in clinical settings. In addition to seeing and evaluating each patient, healthcare staff must also design unique splints to solve each individual’s unique challenges. With the demands of a fast-paced hospital setting, the team needed a reliable, quick, and simple way to make customized splints with a flexible material. To solve this challenge, the team turned to additive manufacturing technologies to speed up production times and allow for shortened iterations and design cycles.
Download the case study below to learn how The Central Virginia VA Health Care System utilized their Markforged Onyx Pro 3D printer and Markforged Smooth TPU 95A material to design this specific application.