3D printed toys for immunosuppressed children: antimicrobial ‘art’
3D printed toys with antimicrobial properties, developed from children’s 2D drawings, enable the production of safe toys for immunosuppressed children in clinical isolation.
3D printed toys with antimicrobial properties have been developed by a partnership in Santiago (Chile), designed to reflect the 2D drawings of children. The antimicrobial materials used for the 3D printed toys make them safe and suitable for use by immunosuppressed children in oncology units and clinical isolation.
The partnership includes antimicrobial materials from Copper3D and technology to turn 2D, drawn images into 3D designs (or ‘Art Toys’) from Toylisto (both Santiago, Chile), to produce ‘Antimicrobial Art Toys’.
“This project was born with the objective that we have as a company to do something really different and of social impact. Hence, in some conversations with Daniel Martínez from Copper3D about combining the technologies of both companies, the idea made sense immediately. We did some tests and went to Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna Children's Hospital (Santiago, Chile) to offer our services with the antibacterial material of Copper3D. After several meetings we obtained the approval to become suppliers in an unprecedented service all over the world: to turn children's drawings into collection figures, safe for children with complex diseases that have them with immunosuppression. But none of this would have been possible without the antibacterial characteristics of the PLACTIVE® material and the security provided by all the studies, certifications and approvals that have,” explained Esteban Ruiz-Tagle, founder of the company Toylisto.
"Finally, what we are most happy about is that for the first time, children who have had to abandon pets, teddies and toys because of their health risk, will now be able to dream, play and have fun safely with the ‘Art Toys’ by Toylisto," Ruiz-Tagle added.
"For us this project has been a path full of learning and has allowed us to fully comply with the main purpose of our company: Utilize innovation and cutting-edge technology to improve the quality of life of people. This is exactly what we have done in this project with Toylisto, to use cutting edge technology in 3D design and new antimicrobial materials to allow these children in clinical isolation to play with unique figures, designed by themselves and manufactured with a clean, safe and certified material,” Daniel Martínez, CINO and co-founder of Copper3D further explained.
“This is just one more example of the impact that Antimicrobial 3D Printing can have and it poses a very promising future in the use of this technology for other applications and solutions in the Biomedical world, but also in other industries such as Aerospace, Food, Animal Care, and Mass Consumption products.
We are also proud that the prestigious Luis Calvo Mackenna Children's Hospital has trusted our companies to pilot this project, that we plan to extend to other hospitals in Chile and, through our international networks, to other pediatric hospitals in USA, Europe, South Africa, South East Asia and Middle East," Martínez continued.
"For our hospital it is a pride to be a benchmark in innovation and to be able to incorporate these new technologies that have already been tested and validated internationally, in the treatment and well-being of our children, especially in those that are in more complex conditions such as immunosuppression and clinical isolation,” concluded Dr. Jorge Lastra, Director of the Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital.
“We hope with this initiative to mark an important milestone and to be able to show the world that from Chile, with creativity and technology, great projects of global impact can be made and that they also have a positive impact on the quality of life of our children."
Toylisto and Copper3D wanted to produce and donate 100 #AntimicrobialArtToys this year for the children of this hospital. You can support and make a donation here: https://app.payku.cl/botonpago/index?idboton=2531&verif=4fce8543
Source: Copper 3D press release