Meeting with Children’s Hospital Staff

We met on Thursday March 17 with the staff at Children’s about expectations and guidelines for the children’s heart surgery website. The procedure we will be investigating and building an information site for is called an ASD procedure, which stands for atrial septal defect. We were told to make sure that we get all information on the procedure from .gov, .edu, and .org sites. Children’s Hospital is planning on talking to their account managers to decide if they could purchase a 3D model for us to use. It sounds like it will happen. Goretex Helix and Ampletzr are two companies that have the device that fills the hole in the heart; we can check around on those websites.

The following are the type of questions to keep in mind as we are developing the project for families (questions that families may have): What is the condition? (Explain it). What does it mean for our child’s health and life? What happens if we don’t do anything about it? What happens if we do? How is it going to limit our child’s life? How will it limit our families ability to do family things?

We also decided that we don’t want to dumb down the parents informational too much, perhaps show illustrations in both flat drawings and 3D modeling. We want to have a warm, caring tone, but also very straight and realistic.

Matt Girard gave a PDF presentation on ideas we have gathered so far. It was well-received, and the attending doctor and staff thought we were moving in the right direction. We are still unsure of what they want to do. Matt has attempted to communicate through email during spring break and got no response. As of now we are gathering the proper information for the surgery and the information for the parents. We wait patiently to hear back.

Guidelines in Preparing files for 3D printing/Rapid Prototyping.

Use the following guidelines when preparing your files for 3D printing:

1. All models should be converted to editable format and welded together by material type.

2. Separate materials should have mating surfaces, that is touching without overlap.

3. Use inches as measurement system and double check part size to be around 6x6x6 inches or less.

4. Be sure there are no overlapping or hollow parts. All parts need to be water tight.

5. When subtracting or combining parts together, consider using a package such as Rhinoceros for Windows or the beta version for OS X. (Available on Travis’ laptop during class times).

6. Final models should be in STL format. One file for each separate material type.

7. Create a render of your model that resembles the final product for reference when assembling builds.

8. Use no more than 2 materials total in your model.

Project 3 Deadlines

Project 3 models must be ready to send off by Tuesday, April 5th. We will test all models and review them in class that day. Please have parts grouped by material type and sized correctly. We will go over sizing and part preparation in class on Tuesday March 29th.

We have a tour scheduled at Medical Modeling on Tueday, April 19th at 4:30pm. We will learn about the various types of technologies they use there and will pick up our completed models. I will be driving if anyone needs a ride. Otherwise, please make arrangements accordingly.
Medical Modeling is located in Golden. 17301 W. Colfax Avenue, Golden, Colorado 80401.