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3D printed device that safely stores diabetes test strips

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2015-12-16 17:03

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William's invention is a small, 3D printed plastic disposal unit that fits into testing kits used by diabetics. Diabetics can feed strips into it throughout the day, and dispose them all when it gets full.

Grame, who has type 1 diabetes, sometimes needs to test his blood up to 10 times a day and had the habit of leaving them on the floor. “It’s important to diabetics because they always get in trouble for leaving their test strips everywhere,” said the boy.

The device he came up with is small enough to fit inside a diabetic’s portable test kit, and can hold up to 50 used test strips before needing to be emptied in the garbage. That means that users can carry it with them all day, and make use of it even in places where there wouldn’t usually be a trash—whether they’re at a park, a show, or just out of reach at home. While at 3D printing camp earlier in the year, Grame drew up the blueprints, printed the prototype, and successfully tested it over several months.

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William Grame, born in 2004, in Australia, suffers from diabetes and created a 3D printed device that can safely and hygienically save up to 50 used test strips at a time before needing to be emptied.

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