A 20-year-old Kenyan created a vein finder using a 3D printer, making the device easily accessible to the masses at a low cost.

Photo Credit: 3DPrint.com

Photo Credit: 3DPrint.com

Alois Mbutura is a 20-year-old first year electrical engineering student at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, who has created an affordable medical device that can be mass-produced at low prices using a 3D printer. The device helps doctors find veins to administer intravenous needles to infants. 

“The vein finder was actually a solution that the School of Health and School of Engineering partnered to reduce the inability of health care people to find veins in babies and also for it to be economical and suited to Kenya,” said Mbutura.

He designed the prototype on a 3D printer (located in a lab at the university), which would allow him to print about 100 vein finders in just a day, using a single printer. For Kenya, which has many areas that do not have proper medical supplies readily available, this would be mean mass-producing the device at a very low cost. 

Kenya has a high infant mortality rate along with many other African countries. Administering important medicines successfully for the treatment and prevention of diseases becomes that much more important.

Learn more about Mbutura's invention below.