One of the biggest challenges the world faces in the health industry is adapting to the needs of children. Most interventions are created for adults and then adapted to children, but this leads to the needs of the child not being fully met.
One such example is face masks that help breathing. Children's faces are obviously very different to adults, and masks are not readily available.
Sheffield Hallam University, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, embarked on an innovative solution - to use scanning and 3D printing to create bespoke masks.
Whilst the comfort and health of the child is the most important driver, should this be implemented it would also reduce the need for surgical procedures (tubes into the child's airways to help breathe), and reduce NHS bills by up to £110k per year per patient.
Supported by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, who, along with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, hosted '3D day' in May 2019 to explore the use of 3D technologies in healthcare.