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Fab Lab Tulsa Unveils 3D Printer for Health Care

3D FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Nathan Pritchett, executive director, of Fab Lab Tulsa, unveils 3D printing technology to help medical students study anatomy more closely.  Both machines pictured were purchased through a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant from Blue Cross Blue and Shield of Oklahoma.

Fab Lab Tulsa has unveiled a new, innovative 3D printer that has the potential to change the way medical students study human anatomy by printing specific anatomically correct body parts through technology and design.

The FormLabs SLA Form 2 3D printer was purchased through a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) and offers instructional programming with an emphasis on medical applications for first- and second-year medical students.

In addition to the 3D printer, a new 3-axis PCB milling machine was also purchased. The machine delivers automatic measuring and precision and will be used to foster invention and entrepreneurship, with the hope of discovering advances in the health care field.

About Fab Lab Tulsa
The Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa is an IRS qualified 501©(3) tax exempt, not-for-profit entity located in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood of Tulsa at 710 S. Lewis Ave. Fab Lab Tulsa delivers education, community and business programming that teaches innovation, design-thinking, problem-solving and change-making. In addition, the lab provides open community access to advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication tools, equipment, technology and resources. Fab Lab Tulsa is one of over 2,000 MIT-chartered Fab Labs in more than 78 countries, it is one of a very few independent non-profit labs in the U.S., and the first in the southeastern region of the United States. Furthermore, it is one of the top labs globally in terms of leadership, organization, support, size and capabilities, and an excellent example of the impact a fab lab can make on a community.

About Healthy Kids, Healthy Families
The Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) initiative from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma invests in and partners with non-profit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in the following areas: nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management and supporting safe environments.

Updated 06-18-2018

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