The next generation of 3D printers will revolutionise the delivery of baby carriage goods, a new startup says.
Baby carriage goods are used to transport people around the world and will increasingly be required by a growing number of cities and developing countries, the baby carriage industry group BabyRescue International says.
A new 3D-printed baby carriage that is the perfect size and shape for babies is being developed by a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the group says.
The team includes scientists from the Massachusetts Department of Health and Massachusetts Institute for Medical Research, who are looking for the perfect design for the first time in the world.
“The world has changed, and with that, we need a new technology that will help us continue to move forward in a new and exciting direction,” said lead author Peter Hahn, a PhD student at MIT.
“I am really excited about this project, and looking forward to seeing what this company comes up with next.”
The team is also looking at ways to expand the technology to use it in other areas, such as manufacturing medicine.
“This is a new paradigm in delivery delivery that we need to explore,” said Hahn.
The idea for a new type of 3-D printing baby carriage came to him after being inspired by his own personal experience in transporting people around Africa.
“When I was travelling for work in Kenya, the number of babies I took in my suitcase was so small that I could not even use my own baby carriage,” Hahn said.
“It was so hard to fit in a baby carriage because I could barely walk or carry my own infant, and I had to walk for miles just to find a taxi.”
To help ease that challenge, Hahn wanted to design a baby carrier that was comfortable and would allow him to get around the city, and was looking to the 3D printing industry as a way to do so.
“We wanted to create a platform that would allow us to bring this technology to the world,” Hohn said.
He began researching the potential use of 3d printing in infant delivery, which he found was not as well understood as it should be, and came to the conclusion that a better platform for the industry would have to be developed.
“Our vision was to use this technology in the next generation for the delivery industry, which is why we started the baby delivery research program,” he said.
The company has started development of the 3-d printed baby carriage, with the goal of launching the product by 2019.
The firm says the new platform will use a unique technology that it has dubbed “the cradle.”
The cradle is a special material, a type of plastic that is used to make babies comfortable in a cradle.
The cradle material is a flexible polymer, and when placed in the correct position, can provide the same comfort as the typical baby carriage and can be easily adjusted for different babies, Hohn explained.
“As soon as we have the cradle material, we will be able to design the cradle for every size and baby,” he added.
“At the moment, the cradle is just one of many ways to create an infant carriage, so we will look at other solutions as we move forward.”
To achieve this, the team developed a three-dimensional printing process to print out the cradle.
This process, called laser printing, uses a laser to print the plastic onto a 3D printed surface.
“A few years ago, 3D Printing was really a niche technology,” Hahn said.
But as the technology has become more popular, it has also become a cheaper way to create new technologies.
“People are spending more time researching and developing new technologies and we see a great opportunity for this,” Huhn said of the development of a new 3-axis printer.
The research team hopes the new 3d printed cradle will make delivery safer for both the baby and the parent, as well as help improve quality control in the future.
The researchers have published their research paper, “Designing the cradle in a 3-Axis Printer,” in the journal Advanced Materials.
They also are currently in the process of prototyping the product.
“Currently, it is a difficult process for us to design and produce the cradle,” Hohn said, but the new cradle design has already proven to be easier and faster than designing and producing the actual baby carriage.
“With the cradle design, we can significantly reduce the cost of manufacturing by printing the cradle on a 3 dimensional printer, and also increase quality of our products by printing on a flat surface,” Hihn added.
The 3D print cradle is being made in collaboration with 3D Systems, a company based in the UK. 3D prints are becoming increasingly popular, with more than 60,000 companies using the technology in 2016, according to 3Dscan.com.
Hahn says the 3d print cradle will not only help to reduce costs for manufacturers, but also save lives.
“For the infant to survive, a baby has to