The Glia undertaking goals to create a collection of free and open-source medical gear that may be assembled cheaply and simply when and the place it’s wanted. Even important instruments like stethoscopes and tourniquets will be troublesome to amass in sure components of the world, particularly throughout occasions of conflict or civil unrest. However armed with a 3D printer and the workforce’s open-source designs, an ad-hoc manufacturing unit can begin producing these lifesaving instruments wherever on the planet.

Glia member [Tarek Loubani] has not too long ago written a weblog put up discussing the workforce’s newest launch: an otoscope that may be constructed for as little as $5. Even if you happen to don’t acknowledge the identify, you’ve nearly actually seen one in all them in use. The otoscope is used to look contained in the ear and will be invaluable in diagnosing diseases, particularly in kids. Sadly, whereas this iconic piece of apparatus is sort of easy on a technical stage, professional-quality variations can price a whole lot of .

Now to be truthful, you’ll want fairly a bit extra than simply the 3D printed components to assemble the machine. The ultimate product requires some electrical elements reminiscent of a battery holder, rocker change, and LED. It additionally requires a customized lens, although the Glia workforce has thought forward right here and supplied the recordsdata for printable jigs that can can help you minimize a bigger lens right down to the scale required by their otoscope. In a state of affairs the place you might need to improvise with what you’ve, that’s a really intelligent design aspect.

To date the workforce may be very pleased with how the otoscope performs, however they’ve run right into a little bit of a logistical snag. It seems that early work on the undertaking was finished within the web-based TinkerCAD, which isn’t fairly in keeping with the workforce’s objectives of holding all the things free and open. They’d like some help in recreating the STLs in FreeCAD or OpenSCAD so that they’re simpler to switch down the highway. So if you happen to’re a FOSS CAD grasp and need to earn some constructive karma, head over to the GitHub web page for the undertaking and put these abilities to make use of.

We’ve beforehand coated Glia’s work with 3D printed tourniquets to deal with gunshot wounds, a undertaking that led to [Tarek] himself being shot by a sniper whereas making an attempt to discipline take a look at the design in Gaza. If that’s not dedication to the ideas of open-source , we don’t know what’s.