7/28/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Stratasys Contributes to VA Innovation Creation Series Event

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The Prosthetics and Assistive Technology Challenge event is taking place July 28-29 in Richmond, Virginia.

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Stratasys (Minneapolis, Minnesota; Rehovot, Israel), a provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, is participating in the Prosthetics and Assistive Technology Challenge, a two-day event hosted by the VA Assistive Technology Program and VA Center for Innovation, July 28-29 in Richmond, Virginia at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.

The event challenges designers to improve the care and quality of life for military veterans by creating personalized, tailored 3D-printed devices. For the event, Stratasys is providing 14 3D printers and production systems including a Fortus 450mc system, three Fortus 250mc systems, six uPrint systems, three Mojo systems and one MakerBot. Stratasys engineers will be on hand to work with design teams through the two-day design challenge.

Event participants will present problems impacting differently abled veterans. Based on these pitches, teams will form and use designs submitted on GrabCAD, Stratasys’ open-sourced collaboration platform, along with mentorship support from veterans and Stratasys technical experts, to co-design and develop their ideas. Teams will 3D print their designs on Stratasys 3D printers to allow them to test and refine the designs during the event.

“Stratasys is proud to collaborate with the VA to improve the lives of veterans,” said Michael Gaisford, marketing program director for medical solutions at Stratasys. “This event is an ideal application of 3D printing to innovate designs to create custom, personalized devices that couldn’t have been made with traditional manufacturing. Stratasys is enabling prosthetics, orthotics, and assistive devices where one can affordably go from scan to design to print in a digital-only environment.”

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