AstroM3D (AstroMED) is building printable 3D and custom medical devices which can be used in Space as well as on the Earth. AstroM3D has built range of 3D medical devices including surgical tools, first aid devices, tools used in pregnancy as well as customized orthopedic cast built using 3D scanned arm of our team mate. All devices are available on our website, and any models can be downloaded or be sent via email with just single click. In addition, all AstoM3D devices can be customized.

This project is solving the 3D AstroMed Devices challenge.


Imagine a situation when an astronaut needs to stay in space for a long mission and he runs out of medical supplies, and NASA has to send resupply.

Imagine a situation where a person is affected by natural disaster like in Haiti earthquake and desperately needs emergency medical equipments.

or Imagine a situation where the currently available medical devices don’t work for a person because of a lack of customization.

To address this need, US and Japan mix team lead by Kamal Patel created custom 3D CAD models of different medical devices which an astronaut or a person on earth can easily download from our website and instantly print it on their 3D printer. Most of these devices can be printed using ABS-M30i plastic which can be sterilized using either gamma radiation or ethylene oxide (Eta) sterilization methods.

AstroM3D has built:

Bandage Strap: AstroM3D created a unique 'Bandage Strap' which doesn't require adhesive like regular bandage. Instead, it can be printed using flexible plastic, and be easily put on gauze, patches or other dressings to hold them in a place by applying localized pressure.

Customized Orthopedic Cast: AstroM3D created a cast using custom measurement obtained via 3D scanning of an arm one of the team mates. This truly embraces a need of customized medical device. A cast is a shell, frequently made from plaster, encasing a limb (or, in some cases, large portions of the body) to stabilize and hold anatomical structures, most often a broken bone (or bones), in place until healing is confirmed. It is similar in function to a splint.

Scalpel: A scalpel is a small and extremely sharp bladed instrument used for surgery or anatomical dissection.

Forceps: Forceps (plural forcipes) are a handheld, hinged instrument used for grasping and holding objects. Outside medicine, people usually refer to forceps as tweezers, tongs, pliers, clips or clamps.

Syringe: A syringe is a simple pump consisting of a plunger that fits tightly in a tube. The plunger can be pulled and pushed along inside a cylindrical tube (called a barrel), allowing the syringe to take in and expel a liquid or gas through an orifice at the open end of the tube.

Umbilical Cord Clamp: AstroM3D specifically created this device by keeping in mind the medical staff who ran out of umbilical cord clamps during Haiti earthquake, and ended up cutting cords bear handed. The umbilical cord connects your baby to the placenta. As soon as your baby is born, your provider places 2 umbilical cord clamps on the umbilical cord to stop the blood flow. Then she or he cuts between the clamps on the cord so your baby is no longer attached to the placenta which is still in your uterus.

Project Information

License: Academic Free License 3.0 (AFL-3.0)

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  • Kamal Patel
  • Shinnosuke  Wanaka
  • Hiroya Matsubara
  • Seungyoon Choe
  • Raewyn Duvall
  • Harsha Kalidindi
  • Kamal Patel