2019 AMI Online Salon

Pre-surgical Therapy, Nasoalveolar Molding for Cleft Palate – Parent Education Model

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Kellyn Sanders
  • Membership Type: Student Submission     
  • Address: Baltimore, MD
  • Client: Juan Garcia
  • Medium/software used: C4D, ZBrush, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: 3D Printed Models and Display
  • Primary Audience: Parent / Lay Public

Project Description

Models for use by parents of infant with unilateral cleft palate condition, undergoing Nasoalveolar Molding Therapy(NAM) to reshape the alveolar ridges(gums), lip and affected nostril. The NAM device is worn continuously until the cleft palate and lip are reduced sufficiently for surgical repair.

After guidance from the doctor, parents practice on models until they can confidently secure the device. Early treatment allows re-molding of tissue while estrogen and hyaluronic acid levels are elevated.

Modeled in ZBrush from photo reference. A 3D scan of a 2-wk old patient cleft palate impression of alveolar ridges used to sculpt the cleft on the youngest head; clefts on subsequent models created by repositioning alveolar ridges using references. Clefts extruded to create NAM devices for each stage. 50% life size, these 3D printed models allow handling for educational purposes. At life-size, models would allow for removable NAM devices to help parents learn accurate placement NAM.