My Impact: Bringing 3D Printing to Disaster Relief with Field Ready | SU Ventures


(uplifting string music) – There are hundreds of millions of people every year affected by
disaster and other crises, so there’s no shortage
of folks we can assist. – In reality, if we were to
order a shipping container full of umbilical cord clamps, pay the money to get the clamps, buy a million of them so we
get ’em at a cheaper cost, put ’em in the shipping container, ship the shipping container,
get it down to Haiti; I mean, it can take anywhere
from 18 months to three years, and it costs an exponential
amount of money. And so, in this case, a small clinic could never afford that. – Instead of having this horrible,
slow logistical pipeline, which is so expensive and
doesn’t get people what they need when they need it, Field Ready will actually be
deploying with relief workers, now with manufacturing skills, and either taking the equipment
or having the equipment already available in-region. Our goal has always been
to transform the way aid agencies work, and
our field deployments really help there. They give us credibility,
showing that we know what’s happening on the
ground and how best to help. And then we can
demonstrate what’s possible in terms of manufacturing in the field. I use my design skills to really figure out how to solve problems, in the
sense of also figuring out how to ask the right questions to see if you’re answering the
right issue at hand. 3-D printing is so interesting because in a disaster response, you can drop in, and you just don’t know
what you’re gonna need, and so even though you
only have a limited amount of, like, bulk material,
you can still turn that into any one of a thousand things. So having the opportunity
and the agile nature of it is really useful. – We want people in all
areas, even after disasters, to be able to recover
and prosper longer-term, and we try to work in a very
respectful way to enable that. – So that’s actually my
personal favorite thing, is to go in and say, “What can we make for
these nurses and doctors “that will make their lives
easier, keep them safer, “and keep the patients healthier?” – We’ve validated our
concept in Haiti and Nepal, so now we’re really ready to
start thinking about scale. – It’s really about building muscle for, you know, when that
next disaster strikes. I would love it if we could
design ourselves out of a job. – When everyone, after every
kind of humanitarian crisis, disaster, or war, has access
to the supplies they need immediately, and ready to go. (uplifting electronic music)

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