Medical Device Innovation: Translating Ideas into Reality
Concept & Feasibility MDOF Laparoscope ICAM-3D, Chennai
Generate multiple ideas first, evaluate them later. Overcome any mental blocks using diverging-converging approach.

1. Create new ideas with ease, using techniques like Bionics and TRIZ.

2. Select the best concept by comparing against functional requirements.

3. Sketch, 3D model, visualize and animate the concept for a preliminary check.

4. Fabricate a rapid prototype to check its form, function and feasibility.

5. This is a good stage to file a patent (you will have a full year to modify).

Novel Laparoscopic Instrument provides an additional degree of maneuverability, reducing the risk of tissue damage and surgeon fatigue.

Development team includes Sritam Rout, BETiC, IIT Bombay; and Dr. Suresh Deshpande, Swarup Hospital, Kolhapur

Current status: Rapid prototype has been fabricated and undergoing function testing.

Patent filed: S. Rout, R. Ghyar, S. Deshpande, B. Ravi, "Multi Degree of Freedom Laparoscopic Instrument".

International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing (ICAM-3D), was organized by ESCI-Institution of Engineers (India), DST and Veltech, in Chennai on 5-7 Feb 2015, and inaugurated by Dr. R. Chidambaram. Prof. B. Ravi gave an invited talk on "Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacture of Medical Devices" and also chaired a session on Medical Applications
A key conclusion was that low-cost 3D-printed medical models reconstructed from CT scans can now be widely used for surgery planning, as well as patient education and medical training.