XLN Design Contest: Using 3D Printing to Develop Innovative Products for People with Special Needs
1. Identify a common problem for people with special needs
2. Design a product to help solve the problem
3. Produce it with inexpensive materials and digital manufacturing technologies.
Those were the basic guidelines for participants in the “Creating
Tomorrow’s Products” contest, initiated by Israel’s Reut Institute XLN
(Cross-Lab Network) project.
There were plenty of great creative entries, all unique. The first place
winner was a casting kit for custom-designing tableware for people with
restricted hand mobility, by engineer Moshe Borocin. The product, 3D
printed on a Stratasys’ Objet Connex multi-material 3D Printer, includes
a casting mold with replaceable end units, enabling the creation of
affordable dishes with customizable handles as well as ergonomic and
aesthetic features specifically for people with hand movement
Visit the CATI website to learn more about 3D Printers.
Computer Aided Technology, Inc.