The first “MakerHealth Space”, has been opened at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas.
The makerspace, which is about 45 minutes outside of Houston, is open to the medical professionals of the facility, but will be available for use by patients in a few weeks.
In addition to those already near the space, there are plans for a “maker residency”. The idea of the residency is that accomplished makers can come and visit the space, use the facilities for free, and pass on their knowledge. We particularly love this idea as it perfectly encapsulates what the project is trying to do.
José Gómez-Márquez – part of Little Devices @ MIT – as well as co-founder of the project that helped create this makerspace, said:”Nurses and doctors will have a place where they can go laser cut [and] 3D print, they can go get the tools to make things for their patients right around the corner.”
“No one has really done this, although, they’re already doing this almost underground. It’s things that I have never made at MIT, because I’m not a nurse or a doctor, but they know exactly what to do with these tools.”
The maker movements has certainly produced some impressive creations – robots, drones and 3D printed gadgets are all awesome – but we feel putting this technology to use in the medical field is an excellent idea.
Closer to home, South African universities recently received grants to boost medical 3D printing, and Phillips South Africa is hosting an event to award R200 000 for healthcare-improving ideas that are focused on tech.[Source – MakerNurse]