Innovating AT: MDTAP and UMBC Collaborate on 3D Printing Program

Initiative Description

In January 2023, MDTAP established a collaboration project with University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) focused on 3D printing of assistive technology devices. MDTAP established a small 3D printing lab in its main office, and has worked with UMBC's 3D printing lab to create a catalog of frequently used AT devices & online request form that can be easily printed from our space. Through our partnership with UMBC, they have provided additional training to TAP staff on developing customized fabrication prints, and have supported staff with increased capacity and access to their printers & student services when needed. This collaboration has allowed us to officially launch our 3D fabrication program, printing devices free-of-charge for constituents. 

Lessons Learned/Replication

This initiative is newly launched and we continue to explore ways to expand the partnership with UMBC and their 3D printing program to build AT awareness amongst their students who currently create & print devices. Our intent is to continue offering this service, expanding our printing abilities (with the support of students who understand how to create customized prints) for people with custom device needs, and develop an AT awareness curriculum for new 3D printing students at UMBC.

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Initiative contact information

Lori Berrong