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24th Virtual PRAT Grand Rounds: The Use of 3D Printing for Assistive Technology Applications

Program ID Number: CRS000718
CEU Course ID: P299.15
Webinar Length of Time: 1 hour

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Garrett Grindle, MS
Garrett Grindle is a Research Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh in the department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology as well as Assistant Director of Engineering at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories which a VA Center of Excellence for Wheelchairs and Associated Rehabilitation Engineering.  He coordinates a variety of research and development projects related to assistive technology (AT), manages the physical assets of HERL's fabrication facilities, and teaches formal courses related to fabrication and AT.  His research interests include assistive robots, powered mobility, community based data collection instruments, and technology for adaptive sports.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* No conflicts have been disclosed.


While 3D printing technology has been available for over 25 years, recent advances have made it a more attractive tool for creating both customized technology for clients and developing new devices.  The aim of this presentation is to describe the processes, printers, and materials available and how it can be applied to specific case studies.  Emphasis will be placed on how 3D printed assistive devices can be leveraged by those with less in-house fabrication resources as well as discussing alternative low cost options for design software, 3D scanning and 3D printing.

Learning Objectives

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

CEU Registration and Cost

0.10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for viewing 1.00 hours of instruction.

The cost for the webinar is $59.00

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Updated | 12.10.2015