Deadline: Oct 31, 2018 Click here to participate

Announcing the 3D Printing Challenge!


Welcome to the Alberta Children's Hospital 3D Printing Challenge.
We want your ideas about how can we use 3D printing to improve the child patient experience in health care.

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Have you been a child or know of a child who has had a healthcare journey?
Have you ever thought... "if only there was [IDEA], it would make the child patient experience so much better.“
Or perhaps you have thought "why hasn’t someone come up with [IDEA] to help improve that experience or solve that problem?"

We now have an exciting opportunity to create something new, using 3D printing, to help improve healthcare for children. This is an excellent opportunity to have your imagined ideas come to life and positively impact the child patient healthcare experience.

What is it?

Amazing innovations have been successfully 3D printed. We are curious to hear what idea you might have. We are looking for simple ideas.

Think of the child patient journey from the first point of contact with the healthcare system to the very end (if there is one). There are countless opportunities for ideas to improve the child healthcare experience during this journey. Think of objects like toys to help better educate a child patient (and loved ones) about the procedure the child is about to undergo. Think of gadgets or gizmos that can facilitate the child's enjoyment of hobbies and activities despite the change of environment or other limitations like a wheelchair.

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, refers to the process of creating a three-dimensional object by repeatedly layering (or "printing") material. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. 3D printed-objects can be of almost any shape or geometry - it is commonly said if you can draw it you can make it with a 3D printer.

3D printing is commonly associated with plastic materials. A wide variety of other materials are available for use such as: resins, metals, ceramics, chocolate, bio-ink, bone material, hot glue, glass, stone and gypsum. New and exciting materials are emerging every single day.

Mashable has a great introduction to 3D printing and we've shared the video below:

Intellectual Property

You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that might exist in your contribution. By contributing to this challenge, you agree to license your ideas or comments to KidSim, Alberta Children's Hospital and others under a Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-commercial) license. You should not submit ideas that you wish to keep confidential or a trade secret. Creative Commons licensing allows Member users to share their innovations, so others can make use of and further develop or remix innovations for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to the original author.

Selection Criteria

We will be picking 3 or 4 top ideas. Each idea will be assessed by a panel during the Idea Evaluation phase with reference to:

  • Relevance to child healthcare experience - does the idea have the potential to improve the child healthcare experience?
  • Simplicity of implementation - is the idea easy to implement and use?
  • Scalability - Does the idea have potential to impact a large number of people?


We look forward to reviewing all of the submissions for this exciting challenge. To begin, ideas will be gathered over the Accepting Ideas phase. Once completed, the panel will review the submitted ideas in light of the Selection Criteria and select 3-4 winning ideas. The winning ideas will be further developed, designed and 3D printed.

This initiative is supported by generous community donations through the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation:

  • kidSim - Alberta Children's Hospital
  • D4AHS
  • Output - The best ideas should always win