3D printing and IoT for personalized everyday objects in nursing and healthcare

Yoshihiro Asano, Hiroya Tanaka, Shoko Miyagawa, Junki Yoshioka

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Today, application of 3D printing technology for medical use is getting popular. It strongly helps to make complicated shape of body parts with functional materials. We can complement injured, weakened or lacked parts, and recover original shape and functions. However, these cases are mainly focusing on the symptom itself, not on everyday lives of patients. With life span extending, many of us will live a life with chronic disease for long time. Then, we should think about our living environment more carefully. For example, we can make personalized everyday objects and support their body and mind. Therefore, we use 3D printing for making everyday objects from nursing/healthcare perspective. In this project, we have 2 main research questions. The first one is how to make objects which patients really require. We invited many kinds of people such as engineer, nurses and patients to our research activity. Nurses can find patient's real demands firstly, and engineers support them with rapid prototyping. Finally, we found the best collaboration methodologies among nurses, engineers and patients. The second question is how to trace and evaluate usages of created objects. Apparently, it's difficult to monitor user's activity for a long time. So we're developing the IoT sensing system, which monitor activities remotely. We enclose a data logger which can lasts about one month with 3D printed objects. After one month, we can pick up the data from objects and understand how it has been used.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanosensors, Biosensors, Info-Tech Sensors and 3D Systems 2017
EditorsVijay K. Varadan
ISBN (Electronic)9781510608191
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventNanosensors, Biosensors, Info-Tech Sensors and 3D Systems 2017 - Portland, United States
Duration: 2017 Mar 262017 Mar 29

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherNanosensors, Biosensors, Info-Tech Sensors and 3D Systems 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • 3D Printing
  • Collaboration
  • Data logging
  • Flexibility Control
  • Healthcare
  • Inclusive Design
  • IoT
  • Nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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