Many people who visit the Design Bank take note of our plastic 3D products, entrepreneurial concepts, and vintage steel vault. Our maker ambitions may seem complex but they are quite simple - position design thinking as a contributor across multiple fields of knowledge AND retool clients and the public as to the opportunities available to advance ideas forward while reviving a spirit that many believe has exited the Hoosier psyche.
We see 3D printing as big business and immediate equalizer. Many people have NOT seen a 3D printer at work, unless you count seeing it on Grey's Anatomy or Big Bang Theory. The explosive growth in all areas specifically in the healthcare arena has professors, students, professionals, and the general public curious and wowed about anything from pet prosthetics to titanium jaws. This explosive forty-six million dollar medical market speaks directly to an age of personalized healthcare. The best part about it is that it is commercially affordable and available here in Indianapolis.
When Mrs. Lila walked into the Design Bank she came in limping and looking for a way design could intervene to keep her small toe from breaking a fifth time. During our initial consultation she shared her trust for her doctor, but was not convinced by a recommendation to simply splint her two toes together. Lila took charge of her personal wellbeing. The concept of advancing our personal health care through a process of printed iterations, material selections, and desired comforts takes us to a level of versioning that actualizes the lofty Jetson'esque or do it yourself concept. After all nobody knows your body or pain better that you.
We are not suggesting that 3D printing is the magical substitute for all health or lifestyle innovations, but the future of converting our personal ideas into physical mock-ups flips traditional models upside down. For Mrs. Lila and her new guard it means a renewed confidence to drive her own innovation and comfort. It also means a healthcare system that can improve patient care and simulate anything from training to reduction processes. The Design Bank of course is not a medical facility but sometimes design can come alongside alternative fields of knowledge to develop possibilities.