On Friday, November 12, 2021, Justin Kutscherousky, Director of Innovation, was given the opportunity to speak in front of 40 occupational therapy students at UT Health San Antonio. After a brief lecture on the mechanics of 3D printing, 3D printing’s role in medical technology, and how to use the design-thinking process to create affordable and easy-to-use tools, the students then broke off into groups to create 16 different objects for 16 different case studies.
The students used the five design-thinking steps to empathize with their patients and eventually draft out a prototype of instruments that could be used in the patients’ daily lives. These tools ranged from food utensil holders to door knob wrenches and even flexible plastic shoe laces that are easy to tie. It was a pleasure for Mr. Kutscherousky to work with these fantastic people and he is very proud to represent TMI in the capacity of a human-centered design ambassador!