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    Hello everyone, So I recently undertaken the challenge of the Extended Qualification Project. And after thinking long and hard about a project that would both be interesting and fun, as well as one that's educating and ambitions and links to my passion of medicine, I decided to explore the possibilities of 3D printing. As a person who's completing 4 alevels (chemistry biology maths physics) I wanted to do my project on something that links all those subjects together as well as incorporating the technological element. Therefore as part of my project I want to 'attempt' to create a 3D printed jaw (however I haven't finally decided so if anyone has any good ideas of things I could print I would very much appreciate if you commented them down below) that could potentially be used in real life surgery. This project will let me experience a small element of how surgeons preform the most technaclly advanced surgery s of the 21st century! For those of you that may not be familiar with the EPQ project, one of the big elements thats assessed is your ability to gain research and speak to a wide range of specialists.... This is why I put up this post! I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some good links to resources that talk more about 3D printing in reconstruction surgery. I would also like to try get in contact with current medical students/ professors in order to speak to them about if (and how?) 3D printing is already getting added to their curriculum. Alternatively would anyone have any contact details to any students/doctors/professors/ surgeons that would be willing to give me more advice on how to go about completing this project, or any insights or opinions on 3D printing in general. In addition to this I would like some advice on the best ways to make a bibliography as I'm not 100% confident on how to do it 😅 Also if anyone has had any past experiences with doing the EPQ, any tips and advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read this very long post 🙂
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    (Original post by Izzybell4)
    Hello everyone, So I recently undertaken the challenge of the Extended Qualification Project. And after thinking long and hard about a project that would both be interesting and fun, as well as one that's educating and ambitions and links to my passion of medicine, I decided to explore the possibilities of 3D printing. As a person who's completing 4 alevels (chemistry biology maths physics) I wanted to do my project on something that links all those subjects together as well as incorporating the technological element. Therefore as part of my project I want to 'attempt' to create a 3D printed jaw (however I haven't finally decided so if anyone has any good ideas of things I could print I would very much appreciate if you commented them down below) that could potentially be used in real life surgery. This project will let me experience a small element of how surgeons preform the most technaclly advanced surgery s of the 21st century! For those of you that may not be familiar with the EPQ project, one of the big elements thats assessed is your ability to gain research and speak to a wide range of specialists.... This is why I put up this post! I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some good links to resources that talk more about 3D printing in reconstruction surgery. I would also like to try get in contact with current medical students/ professors in order to speak to them about if (and how?) 3D printing is already getting added to their curriculum. Alternatively would anyone have any contact details to any students/doctors/professors/ surgeons that would be willing to give me more advice on how to go about completing this project, or any insights or opinions on 3D printing in general. In addition to this I would like some advice on the best ways to make a bibliography as I'm not 100% confident on how to do it 😅 Also if anyone has had any past experiences with doing the EPQ, any tips and advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read this very long post 🙂
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    Be sure to read the spec and guidance notes.

    I think its a great project

    Be sure to target and change it. so its not just a case of getting a 3d printer and a bit of technical issue, then press print. You might want to think about presenting it as a problem and using it like a surgeon, To get an idea of the patient and then using the 3d printer to make a replacement part as they are currently doing. I think that would improve your project and show you have an understanding how the technology is used.

    There are several articles on 3d printing and surgery. Just google them. I forgot to bookmark the ones i found last night.

    This link will give you some useful advice on your epq and how to complete it.
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    Be sure to read the spec and guidance notes.

    I think its a great project

    Be sure to target and change it. so its not just a case of getting a 3d printer and a bit of technical issue, then press print. You might want to think about presenting it as a problem and using it like a surgeon, To get an idea of the patient and then using the 3d printer to make a replacement part as they are currently doing. I think that would improve your project and show you have an understanding how the technology is used.

    There are several articles on 3d printing and surgery. Just google them. I forgot to bookmark the ones i found last night.

    This link will give you some useful advice on your epq and how to complete it.

    Thank you for the great advice! I was hoping that I would be able to find a case study of a real person and model the project around that
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    (Original post by Izzybell4)
    Thank you for the great advice! I was hoping that I would be able to find a case study of a real person and model the project around that
    Ive seen stories and its been on the news of surgeons developing techniques to print the custom part they need. rather than it being a flat produce a jaw, then understanding how it has real world application in a medical situation, plus being able to demonstrate it will take it to a better level. It will also look better on your epq and in interview.

    Just identify which surgeons are using the technique, research it and decide how you can replicate it.
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    https://3dprint.com/tag/3d-printed-surgical-models/
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-37497182
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-...-revolutionary
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34910009
    http://blog.stratasys.com/2016/11/18...rinted-models/

    Why not research who does it. Make contact and then get them involved or ask to visit and see. that can be part of your investigation.
 
 
 
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