Microtia is a congenital deformity of the external ear which occurs once in every 7000 births. Growing up with a visible deformity can negatively impact a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Reconstructive surgery is now offered to children at the age of 10. This process uses a 3D scanner and 3D printer to produce a template from which the surgeon can carve cartilage. This research explores the potential of providing microtia patients with the opportunity to use 3D printing technologies in a playful way while attending their appointments. This paper is based on qualitative observations over the past 12 months, which suggest that the provision of 3D printing sessions as part of the wider microtia clinic builds confidence, positive associations with the hospital and a greater understanding of the process of their surgery. This puts them in a better position to make a decision about surgery.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Design4Health.|
|Editors||Kirsty Christer, Claire Craig, Dan Wolstenholme|
|Place of Publication||Sheffield Hallam University|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||Design4Health Conference 2018 - Sheffield Hallam Univeristy, Sheffield, United Kingdom|
Duration: 4 Sep 2018 → 6 Sep 2018
Conference number: 5
|Conference||Design4Health Conference 2018|
|Period||4/09/18 → 6/09/18|
- 3D printing
- Decisions making
Milne, D. (2018). Alternative uses for democratized tools of design: Young patients can now play with the digital equipment used by their surgeons. In K. Christer, C. Craig, & D. Wolstenholme (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Design4Health. (Vol. 1, pp. 22-28). Lab4Living.