Clinically-Validated 3D Printed Stethoscope costs $3 to produce

Clinically-Validated 3D Printed Stethoscope costs $3 to produce


A team of researchers have developed an open-source,
clinically validated template for a 3D printed stethoscope for use in areas of the world
with limited access to medical supplies – places where a stethoscope could mean the difference
between life and death. The idea to 3D print a stethoscope was born
while playing with a toy stethoscope and noticing it performed its function quite well. That led research team to design an open-access
template for a 3D printed stethoscope that could be created using recycled plastic. Now, the team’s stethoscope has been clinically
validated The stethoscope, called the Glia model, was
made using free open source software to keep costs low and allow others to easily access
the code. With the Glia template, the stethoscope can
be made in less than three hours and costs less than $3 to produce. Anyone with a 3D printer and access to ABS
– a plastic used to make garden chairs and Lego – can create the device. The results of the study show it has the same
acoustic quality as the best stethoscopes on the market.

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  • Is there a link to the STL file so people can print these? Like the prosthetic hands that EnablingTheFuture has that you can print for needy children?

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