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Point of Care Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and the COVID Response
Start Date: 10/14/2020Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 10/14/2020End Time: 5:30 PM
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BIOMED Seminar

Point of Care Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and the COVID Response
Elizabeth Silvestro, MSE
Additive Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Department of Radiology
Children's Hospital Additive Manufacturing for Pediatrics (CHAMP) 3D Labs
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked a sudden demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. As the pandemic worsened, the need for PPE intensified. Essential equipment such as gloves, gowns, aprons, face shields, and masks became scarce. Around the world, the maker and engineering community responded to the PPE shortage crisis by sharing their innovative responses that utilized the capabilities of additive manufacturing (AM) and three-dimensional (3D) printing.

In response, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) teams rapidly pulled together interdisciplinary teams to stand up response efforts and fill the needs. This response included a major effort by the Children's Hospital Additive Manufacturing for Pediatrics (CHAMP) 3D lab. Rapid iteration and validation led to the deployment of many devices, such as face shields, ventilator adaptors, transport hooks, nasal swabs, and masks.

CHAMP thrives to be the cutting edge of technology to provide the best care and experience to children and their families. Three-Dimensional (3D) imaging and printing have seen rapid growth over the past few years with significant success in the medical field through an application, such as surgical planning, virtual simulation, and custom biomedical devices. These technologies and applications as key to meeting the needs of a changing medical landscape and challenges to come.

Elizabeth Silvestro, MSE, is the Additive Manufacturing Engineering Manager in the Children’s Hospital Additive Manufacturing for Pediatric (CHAMP) 3D Lab. She has a master's in mechanical engineering and is currently pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering, focused on additive manufacturing simulation phantoms for medical education. Elizabeth holds the patent for the first additive lathe, which applies cylindrical motion to FDM printing.

Since 2016, she has been the technical lead of the CHAMP Lab in the Department of Radiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The lab is focused on the clinical and research application of medical additive manufacturing and 3D printing in areas such as surgical planning, education, simulation, and biomedical devices The lab has been awarded funding from RSNA, NSF, and MedTech Innovations.
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