Escobar Technologies Uses Modern Printing Technologies to Launch First Combined Venous-access Arterial-access Task Trainer
HealthySim’s good friend David Escobar is a thought leader among the technical simulation community — not only as a simulation technology specialist, but as an innovator of 3d printing technologies within our space. Recently Escobar Technologies unveiled their first “3d printed” “affordable” IV simulator prototype which allows for both Venous-access and Arterial-access in the same easy to setup and clean up system.
Redshift recently covered the story which we are excerpting here:
Escobar Technologies’ first test-ready prototypes are rolling off the printer in mid-2016. These beta versions will be given to selected individuals and simulation centers for hands-on testing. The real-time collaboration with potential clients will allow the brothers to adapt and adjust their design and create new iterations that are better suited to mass-market production. A crowdfunding campaign will help the brothers reach their production goal of shipping simulators to customers by the end of 2017.
Through Escobar Technologies, the brothers intend to bring about changes they hope will make training—and ultimately patient care—much more effective. “We knew we could make a better product with less overhead and put more money into the design and the innovation behind these products,” Escobar says. “That’s why we started to move forward with the tools that we had at our disposal, including Autodesk Fusion 360, to design these products.” Coupling the design ease of Fusion 360 with the power of 3D printing, Escobar is able to make his medical simulators a reality. medical simulator animationThe assembly mechanics as seen in Autodesk Fusion 360. Courtesy Escobar Technologies.
Escobar holds a full-time job with a health-care simulation training center and is using his firsthand knowledge, as well as feedback he’s gathered throughout his career, to build and shape simulators that meet the growing needs of medical simulation operations. Compared to today’s current models, Escobar Technologies’ simulators will have three major benefits: a quick innovation cycle, a multiprocedure function, and a lower price. The first device the brothers designed is one of the most basic: an intravenous arm. It is intended to train caregivers on proper techniques for inserting IVs. The typical intravenous arm model on the market today can cost a hospital or training center nearly $1,000.
The Escobar Technologies model is targeted closer to $500 or $600. Plus, the Escobar brothers’ model requires centers to purchase only one simulator—which covers venous-access and arterial-access procedures—another cost-saving measure. “Right now, you have to buy two products to teach one procedure,” Escobar says. “We want to incorporate both procedures into one simulator.”