Mechanical Engineering in Society
Prototyping focused on Meta-HiLight’s objective to create a portable digital histopathology system for medical diagnostics. Within this context, students were tasked to prototype a handheld device for an operating room to allow for on-site diagnosis. Student teams first conceptualised the end-user interaction with clay, after which they translated their concepts into CAD drawings to enable 3D printing of the final designs. Students considered the equitable design of such a device to make it useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities. Focus was placed on simple and intuitive interaction while trying to minimize the effects and consequences of accidental or unintended actions.