2019 AMI Online Salon

3d Printed Gastroschisis Infant

Project Details

  • Company/Institution: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Entrant Name: Alissa Eckert
  • Membership Type: Professional Submission     
  • Address: Atlanta, GA
  • Client: CDC The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medium/software used: Autodesk 3ds Max, Form2 printer photopolymer resin, Airbrushed acrylics
  • Final presentation format: 3D printed and airbrushed model
  • Primary Audience: clinicians and congressional policymakers

Project Description

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities wanted a more modern tool for a specific birth defect, gastroschisis. The model will travel with scientists around the world to help clinicians learn how to take accurate photographs of babies born with this condition.  Currently, clinicians send photos of impacted infants and CDC works to identify specific birth defects. Clinically accurate photographs are paramount and it can be hard to train clinicians in this art in real time. The model will also be used with partners and policymakers to better communicate the emotional aspects of this birth defect – to help people better recognize what a new mother might feel when her baby is born with this condition. The model was created as a low cost solution using a desktop size 3d printer. The model was printed in 8 parts in order to accommodate this size and avoid industrial printing costs. It was then bonded, primed, and airbrushed in addition to adding other fine details.