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Product design and 3D-printing in Health Sciences: an S-L experience in Pediatric Physiotherapy

The objective of this S-L experience: design technological solutions in health through a collaborative and user-centred approach in order to generate social impact, thinking about the direct relationship between students and functional diversity children.

Methodology: students from the Pediatric Physiotherapy subject (San Rafael-Nebrija University) designed a product following the “Design Thinking” methodology. User’s needs were analyzed from the perspective of design and pediatric assessment and then they proposed 3D printable adapted products to the user’s needs.

The users were handicapped children from social and educational institutions. Because of COVID19 restrictions, the communication of the students with the children was through videos and feedback from direct care professionals (physiotherapists).

It was a participative design process: the patient as an expert and collaboration as a tool. Physiotherapy students collaborated with engineering students all along the design process. In the end, ten 3D printable products were produced for these children. Physiotherapy students were capable of developing creativity and capacity for innovation, adequately integrating the two disciplines: design and physiotherapy.

It is important to highlight there was a personal development during this experience thanks to the relationships between the participants and with the end-user.

Conclusions: students developed their creativity and capacity for innovation through a learning process that fosters social change and direct attention to the user. They learned by doing, incorporating a practical and empirical pedagogy into the daily routine. Finally, this S-L experience encourages entrepreneurship, innovation and the development of new strategies. Empowers the student for their own professional and personal development.

Country: Spain

Year: 2020-2021

Institution: Centro Universitario San Rafael (CUSRN)

Person in charge: Manuel Lara

Email: mlara@nebrija.es

# of students: 60

Interaction with beneficiaries: Mixed

Academic Degree: Undergraduate

Discipline(s): Medicine and health | Engineering and technology | Education

Community Service Area & ODS: Good health and well-being | Reducing inequalities | Quality education