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Associate Dean Farzad Rayegani holding a 3D-printed part

3D4MD and Sheridan College Announce Exciting New Partnership

April 20, 2015

3D4MD and Sheridan College are pleased to announce a new partnership to create 3D printable medical supplies.

3D4MD (www.3d4md.com) is a program that develops 3D printable resources to support healthcare delivery and medical education in the most challenging places to those who need it the most.

Healthcare professionals, designers, programmers, engineers, and co-op students from across the province will partner with the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies to design and 3D print medical devices.

3D printing supports the fabrication of customized, innovative solutions to medical challenges.  3D printing can improve access to life-saving medical supplies by manufacturing essential items on demand locally.  3D printing can also create image-based anatomy models to enhance medical education and surgical planning.

“In remote and unsecure regions, finding specialized medical supplies, equipment and items can be impossible,” says Dr. Julielynn Wong, Director of the 3D4MD initiative.  “3D printing allows us to create one-off and custom-made medical supplies exactly when and where they are needed using recycled materials – and thereby save lives.”

3D printed part used for an MRI machine

A 3D-printed device used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), located at the Sheridan College Davis Campus in Brampton, Ontario, is an exemplar of Sheridan’s growing role as a hub for students, industry partners and faculty expertise. Offering small and medium enterprises a “technology playground” to help them develop and adopt new technology alongside Sheridan researchers, CAMDT is turning Brampton into a ‘hub’-urb – a vibrant place where experts come together, ideas collide, and innovation flourishes. 

“This is an exciting way to innovate 3D printed solutions that will meet the real needs of patients and physicians,” says Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Associate Dean of the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Technology at Sheridan College.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with Sheridan to explore the opportunities in transforming healthcare delivery and medical education with 3D printing,” says Dr. Wong.

For more information:

Dr. Julielynn Wong, M.D.             Susan Atkinson, Manager, Media Relations         

Director, 3D4MD Program           Sheridan College

647-967-7827                               905-815-4073

julielynn.wong@gmail.com           susan.atkinson@sheridancollege.ca

Pictured top right: Associate Dean Dr. Farzad Rayegani holding a 3D-printed part in the CAMDT.