Wooden Fetoscopes from 3D printed molds

 

Today we got these wooden fetoscopes (Fetal stethoscopes – used to listen to a baby’s heartbeat in the womb) back from the carpenters. We’re excited about them because of the process by which they were made.

Fetoscopes have previously been made by Field Ready and design files existed to 3D print one. We then took this to a local carpenter who was able to copy the design with wood turned on a lathe. We gave one wooden fetoscope to a clinic to test and they told us it was even better than the plastic ones! This is the next batch of wooden ones that will go out for testing in maternity clinics in Nairobi and beyond.

We think this production method offers great potential – 3D printing a sample from a digital file to make sure the design is right, then getting it replicated locally in cheap, readily available materials by skilled makers – delivering a high quality product at low cost with a short supply chain.

MakerNet pilot launches in Kenya

After much anticipation and preparation, the MakerNet pilot officially kicked off in Nairobi this month! Many thanks to all the people and teams we met with at Kenyan Red Cross, Concern Worldwide, Microsoft, BRCK, African-Born 3D Printing, UNHCR, UNICEF, American Refugee Council, and many more... We look forward to collaborating with you on this exciting and valuable work!

Locally-made Kenyan 3D printers and printed products at the AB3D workshop

Locally-made Kenyan 3D printers and printed products at the AB3D workshop

Gearbox Executive Director Dr. Kamau Gachigi in action

Gearbox Executive Director Dr. Kamau Gachigi in action

The MakerNet Consortium team with AB3D

The MakerNet Consortium team with AB3D

The Gearbox workshop

The Gearbox workshop

3D-printed medical designs made by MakerNet Project Coordinator Michael Gathogo

3D-printed medical designs made by MakerNet Project Coordinator Michael Gathogo