Luis Cordobaâ€™s son, Luis Fernando Cordoba Martinez, was born at the end of September of this year and was subsequently diagnosed with early asthma â€”likely inherited from his father.
Asthma is a common, and increasing, childhood disease that can be managed, however it is also distressing and can prove life-threatening particularly for young children and infants if not managed correctly. Typically, asthmatic young children and infants are prescribed with salbutamol, which is delivered inÂ spray mist form via a nebulizer.
However, as Luis Sr discovered, while childrenâ€™s nebulizers can be purchased off-the-shelf, they come in standard sizes unlike the children they are meant for.Â In Luis Jrâ€™s case, the standard purchased mask did not cover hisÂ face properly and much of the asthma drug was lost during administration, which meant he wasnâ€™t getting the correct dosages.
With a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the Universidad AutÃ³noma de QuerÃ©taro in Mexico, where Luis lives, this Dad knew he could come up with something more suitable for his son. And he designed and 3D printed a customized mask that would fit his sonâ€™s face more precisely.
The images below illustrate the design processÂ that Luis undertook and the subsequent, optimized design was 3D printed on an Ultimaker using 20 g of PLA material. It took three hours to print and after clean-up and post-processing, Luis Sr reports that the mask proved to be much more effective for the delivery of Luis Jrâ€™s medicine, allowing him to â€œfinish his first treatment correctly and be a healthy child.â€
Luis has made the design available here.Posted on January 6, 2014 by admin · 0 comments