Print My Part Uses 3D Printing to Help Premature Babies Develop Vision
“According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely every year. Of these babies, one in 20 is likely to be born blind or with significant vision loss – a rise of 22% in the past decade. When a premature baby is born, hospitals rush it into an incubator to help foster its development outside of the womb. During that time, it is also vital for the baby to experience visual stimuli in order to try to develop its vision. Currently, this visual rehabilitation typically consists of visually exposing and training eye gaze using 2D and 3D pictures and objects.
Cambridge-based 3D printing service Print My Part has been working with Ramiro M. Joly-Mascheroni, a PhD student within the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit at City, University of London to develop and produce visual stimuli for premature infants. Print My Part has been designing and 3D printing black and white objects by using FDM technology to produce plastic slices which are later assembled in alternating-color layers to form objects like cones and spheres. The sharp contrast between the layers is an important feature for the development of the babies’ eyesight…”
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