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AOTA 2016

3D Printing

kristen ragland

on 6 July 2016

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Transcript of AOTA 2016

Applications of 3D Printing
Applications in OT
Kristen Laramore, OTR/L

TSIS Buzz Session:
3D Printing for Occupational Therapy

What is 3D Printing?
3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material.
Let's discuss the possible issues...

Kristen Laramore, OTR/L

Gravity Sketch
Autodesk 123D Design
3D printing is becoming more common everyday. The technology is evolving fast and OTs need to jump on board! You do NOT need technical design skills! Only an idea and a few minutes to watch beginner-level online tutorials.


Desktop printers currently range from ~$400-$3000, but you do NOT need to own a printer. For example, my local public library charges just $.06 per gram of plastic used.
Change objects to fit your specific needs. Adjust & readjust. Let clients participate in the process, choose their colors or design elements, and suggest improvements.
3D Printing & OT Practice
Contact me with questions, ideas, or requests to print!
Where can I print?
Billable time
Access to resources
Let's discuss
the possibilities!
Do you 3D print?
Personal or professional?
Please share.
Adaptive equipment
School supports (fidgets, pencil grips, keyguards, stencils, etc.)
Low vision (tactile representation, objects cues)
ADLs (bottle opener, adapted utensils, zipper pull, button hook, shoe fasteners, knife guard)
Adaptive recreation
Mechanical hands & digits
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