Design that Matters is a non-profit that uses the power of design to find the best opportunities for technology to have a massive impact serving the poor in developing countries. We use SOLIDWORKS in every part of our design process. One example of our projects can be seen in the below video, which is part of the crowdfunding campaign that launched our Pelican pulse oximeter project and raised more than twice it’s goal thanks to a matching sponsorship from Dassault Systèmes and SOLIDWORKS.
Most recently, we have been using SOLIDWORKS to design Firefly phototherapy and Pelican pulse oximeter to save newborn lives. Every year more than 6 million children die before they reach the age of five. Nearly half of these are newborns who die in their first month of life. Reducing childhood mortality is one of eight Millenium Development Goals identified by the United Nations in order to end poverty worldwide.
In 2011, Firefly phototherapy shared the main stage at SOLIDWORKS World. Now Firefly is manufactured by MTTS and distributed by East Meets West Foundation, an affiliate of Thrive Networks. To-date it has treated over 5,000 newborns with jaundice in ten developing countries. You can learn more about the Firefly story through this video on Born to Design.
The Pelican pulse oximeter is our newest product currently in development. We just returned from Haiti where we brought early Pelican prototypes to hospitals with stellar global health organizations Partners in Health and the St Boniface Haiti Foundation.
To create world class medical devices that fit low resource contexts, we work with a broad network of volunteers from academia and industry. SOLIDWORKS is a critical tool for collaboration as it enables both novice students and experienced product design professionals to visualize, share, and detail concepts.
One of the surprising aspects about SOLIDWORKS is the ability to quickly visualize very rough models, but in a way that is more realistic than sketching with pencil and paper. The software has transformed our design process to bring about realizable ideas in the earliest stages of a project.
We rely on a network of global health experts to enable our products to fit the context of a developing world hospital. In particular, we need honest feedback from the community health workers, nurses, doctors, and parents who will use our devices. They say a picture is worth 1000 words, and a prototype is worth 1000 pictures. SOLIDWORKS 2015 integrates seamlessly with the Makerbot 3D printer, allowing us to take the quick sketches we make in SOLIDWORKS and print them in three dimensions so we can better communicate across cultures and languages.
On Thursday, November 20, SOLIDWORKS has invited Design that Matters to present a webinar on how we’re using its software which will provide tips on how you can replicate this approach in your work, including best practices for meeting government compliance across numerous countries, collaborating on product design with both engineers and design novices and creating affordable products that can be quickly assembled anywhere. We look forward to giving you the inside scoop about how we are using SOLIDWORKS to design the Pelican pulse oximeter and other world class medical devices for developing countries.
Two webinar sessions are available. Please click the below links to register. See you on November 20!