Medical Device Innovation: Translating Ideas into Reality
Clinical Immersion Project 1 ICAM-3D, Chennai
Engineers visit hospitals (with prior consent) to observe the clinicians treating patients, and identify areas of potential improvements

1. Meet clinicians to understand the background and nature of medical problem.

2. Study relevant anatomy, medical terms and current solutions.

3. Collect information about equivalent solutions, devices and patents.

4. Record diagnosis and treatment protocols, observe surgeries.

5. Capture the 'voice of customer' - patient, surgeons and other caretakers.

International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing (ICAM-3D), was organized by ESCI-Institution of Engineers (India), DST and Veltech, in Chennai on 5-7 Feb 2015, and inaugurated by Dr. R. Chidambaram. Prof. B. Ravi gave an invited talk on "Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacture of Medical Devices" and also chaired a session on Medical Applications
A key conclusion was that low-cost 3D-printed medical models reconstructed from CT scans can now be widely used for surgery planning, as well as patient education and medical training.