A new club in Kingston is innovating tech solutions for medical problems.
Medical Makers is a global organization based in Toronto that works to create open-source 3D printing prototypes that benefit patients and health-care providers, especially in a humanitarian setting.
The organization brings together professionals working in science, technology and medicine, as well as students with an interest in learning about how 3D printing technology can benefit the world.
Queen’s University student Jessie Payne is in her second year of biotechnology. When she learned about Medical Makers, she decided to start a chapter in Kingston.
“Their goal is to make health care accessible everywhere,” Payne said. “In super remote areas, [people] often don’t have the funding a lot of the time or the resources available to ship in medical supplies, they’re just too far away. But if we can get them linked up to the 3D printing network they can just print whatever they need on site. If they come up with a problem, they can tell us and we’ll design something for them, send them the code for that, and then they’ll just print it out.”
Payne reached out to Medical Makers founder, Dr. Julielynn Wong, and an inaugural Kingston Medical Make-A-Thon was scheduled — a two-day weekend intensive course in creating 3D printing codes and innovating solutions to problems presented by patients and professionals.
“[The Make-a-thon] is a time for creative innovators to come together to learn about 3D printing devices,” Payne said.
Payne and her fellow co-president, Amanda Manget, recently ratified Kingston Medical Makers as a club through Queen’s University. However, they want the public to know that the club is open to anyone who is interested in learning about 3D printing and innovating.
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