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Medical 3D printing is increasingly used in both clinical and research-based healthcare activities. With the generous support of our donors, the Foundation recently provided funding for the Improvement & Innovation team within the Centre of Clinical Excellence at Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley to purchase a 3D Printer, Enclosure and Air Filtration System plus printing materials.

The Improvement & Innovation team supports hospital staff to solve problems in their areas of work, ultimately to improve outcomes for patients and their whānau. These initiatives can require the use of a 3D printer to prototype new devices and to develop innovative solutions. Previously the team have collaborated with a local University when 3D modelling was required, however by having their own, it will enable them to undertake their work onsite.

Pictured: Richard & Sarah from the I&I team with the new 3D printer