Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
In a lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, MIT Junior Edgardo Farias used state of the art technology to design and manufacture parts for the development of a medical device. Surgeons from a local hospital wanted a surgical instrument engineered for their specialized skull base surgery. Edgardo designed components in order quantify essential parameters required for the development of the surgical device. In order for the instrument to be designed properly, parameters such as joint stiffness, expected forces on the tool, and dimensions of crucial components, needed to be properly defined. With these tasks in mind, Edgardo used Solidworks and 3D printing technology to design and produce various parts. These parts were demonstrated to surgeons so that they could narrow the parameter values to a suitable range for their surgery.
As a result of his summer in Switzerland, Edgardo has gained an appreciation of international work and politics. He worked alongside researchers from five different continents, exposing him to new philosophies and cultures. His work also led to a new interest in medical device engineering. He now has the ambition to pursue a career in the medical device industry.