Australian Boy Develops Blood Test Strip Unit Using 3D PrinterSci-Tech

August 03, 2015 15:24

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An Australian boy named William Grame, who is 10 years old, has developed a blood test strip disposal unit using a 3D printer. This intervention has the potential to earn him a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in the U.S.

Necessity is the mother of Invention

William Grame was suffering from type-1 diabetes since three years. In order to keep a track of his sugar levels, he has to prick his finger for blood tests ten times a day. He had to use each strip every single time he pricks and the disposal was also a problem to him.

Sydney Morning Herald was quoted by Grame as saying that, “The blood test strips are little and fiddly, I get in trouble for leaving them in test kit or lying around the house.”

William Grame’s invention

The new lightweight and tiny unit is measured to fit any diabetes kit. The new unit is in such a way that the blood test strips can be placed directly into the disposal unit without the need to touch.

His invention was registered by the 10-year boy into  Origin’s littleBIGidea competition. The motive behind Origin’s littleBIGidea competition in Australia is to promote innovative thinking and creativity of young students. One who wins the competition will win a chance to have a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre.


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