World-Changing Dreamer: Andjelic Zoran

By Aurelien

IFWEFollowing up our introductory post on World-Changing Dreamers revealed by the IF WE Challenge, this is a first post in a series about our three lucky winners.

Let’s begin with the second runner-up, Andjelic Zoran. His IF WE Dream was: “IF WE have enough 3D printers, we could make custom made prosthetic limbs for all victims of landmines and renew their faith in science”. Andjelic talks about his dream with great passion:

I currently work as an industrial equipment designer in Italy and often stay after work to use your software, I am simply in love with it.  But I’m originating from Bosnia and Herzegovina and there are a lot of people injured by land mines in my country.

The main thing that bothers them with their prosthetics besides the limited functionality due to limited budget is the aesthetics. Usually they come in skin-color, that’s pretty creepy because it looks like a puppet part. Many of them are young, have psychological issues and have lost their faith in science, because of its involvement in weapon design. Now they can see athletes at the Olympic games with state-of-art prosthetics, yet they can’t have such prosthetics.

Since I have skills in surface design, my dream is to return in Bosnia and use my knowledge to help this people.  Modern technology makes possible to scan injured limbs and 3D print custom, more ergonomic prosthetic limbs. Such equipment is very expensive and I know it is impossible to help everyone at the moment but I want to start and raise money to fulfill my dream. In Bosnia my friends have some CNC machines able to produce some parts for those limbs. I will find my way through humanitarian organizations to get appropriate 3D scanners and 3D printers for custom made parts but we will certainly need software that is able to use scanned dates, transform them in STL file, support 3D printing and CNC machining.

I hope that we will be able to produce prosthetics that will be more functional, more comfortable and make some people happy again. I also hope that your company will give a contribution. So I send you my concept of prosthetic limb. I will add outside parts when we become able to produce them.

As a winner of the third prize, Andjelic was provided with a high performance laptop and a CATIA licence. Here is what he wrote us when he received the package:

I have received the package with laptop and I am very happy right now. [...] This will help me a lot to make my dreams come true.

We definitely hope so, Andjelic, and we’re glad to bring a humble contribution to your world-changing dream!  :D

Live from 3DEXPERIENCE Forum North America 2012 – Day 1

By Aurelien

Here is a recap of Day 1 from 3DEXPERIENCE Forum North America 2012 (Nov 6-7, Orlando). Want to follow all the action as it happens? Use the hashtag #3DXforum or our Netvibes live dashboard.

Focus on the Future: An Exchange with Med Students

By Charles

Check out the video below of our CEO, Bernard Charlès, listening to and brainstorming with medical school students about new applications for 3D technology in healthcare:

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The students share their ideas about how 3D experiences could make their jobs easier through role-playing, modeling the human body, simulating the results of taking medication, personalizing patient care, and developing next-generation medical equipment.

Bernard further stimulates their imaginations by showing on his iPad concrete examples of:

  • Reducing the suffering of burn victims (watch video below);
  • Simulating the effects of smoking and drinking;
  • Demonstrating the propagation of cholesterol in a human cell;
  • Improving the performance of prosthetic limbs.
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I’d love to get your thoughts about expanding the uses of 3D in the education and life sciences communities! :)

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