In recent years, 3D printing has made significant advancements in its capabilities and accessibility. 3D printing can quickly produce customizable and affordable parts, which is ideal for manufacturing cost-effective prosthetics.
One pressing challenge that occurs in prosthetics manufacturing is being able to tailor-make each one to the needs of the user. By applying our skillsets learned from 3D printing, our goal at M4C is to design and manufacture custom-made animal prosthetics for local donation.
The teams in the animal prosthetics track will focus on learning what it takes to make a good prosthetic for an animal through ongoing workshops and by directly designing for animals in need.
Teams are expected to work on 2 or more projects over the span of the 6-month program and are expected to produce a viable prosthetic for each of the 2 animals they work with. We will help our teams find groups in their communities to donate to and will walk them through the problem-solving process. Teams are expected to attend weekly hour-long design and problem-solving workshops where they will work together to model the prosthetics. Additionally, all teams must attend monthly Entrepreneurial Workshops and are required to be active, contributing, and present in the Discord community.
For any teams looking for additional support, track organizers will be hosting Office Hours every week and dedicated CAD experts will be available at all times via Discord.
Materials: 3D Printer, TinkerCAD