Bednet Virtually Transports Bedridden Schoolchildren to the Classroom with Mobile Unit
Bednet is an organization which enables children with long-term or chronic illnesses to follow classes from the comfort of their own home. The patient’s friends and classmates can see them on a screen at the back of the class, and they can follow the lesson as if they were physically present. We donated 3D-printed parts for the Bednet mobile unit, which was nominated for the prestigious Henry van de Velde Life Quality Award last year!
We were also happy to donate several 3D-printed plastic components necessary to the design of the unit – and this combination of sheet metal and 3D-printed parts helped to keep costs low, as well as ensuring the design looked good!
We received the design for the parts and got to work making the files 3D printable with our Magics software. We used Laser Sintering to produce the parts, because this nylon powder-based technology is well-suited to creating durable, functional prototypes.
“We were interested in helping Bednet because the idea behind the initiative fit so well with our own mission statement, which is essentially about using technology to create a better and healthier world," said Bart van der Schueren, CTO of Materialise.
“The new mobile unit will make it even easier for schools to accommodate children who are forced to stay home due to circumstances, and will help the children stay up to date with their education while feeling as included as possible."
Bednet has been steadily growing over the years, and has already helped 1533 children to date. Since September 1st 2015, every child in Flanders also has the right to apply for Bednet’s services. The new mobile unit was nominated for the Henry van de Velde Life Quality Award, a category which celebrates design that improves the quality of life of the user. Read more about our participation in the Henry van de Velde awards here!