Our group has created a Libre/Open Source Otoscope
that is clinical-grade and is Health Canada licensed as a Class I device. The goal of our project is to make high quality, low cost devices that are open source so as to make medical devices more accessible.
However, Frankie, the amazing audiologist behind the design and testing, made it using TinkerCAD. There are a number of reasons for this, but essentially they come down to a lack of familiarity with FreeCAD and easy availability of TinkerCAD at the time for a person who was trying to make a prototype quickly. This has created a situation in which we can't make the 'source' of the otoscope available for others to modify the design as needed, since TinkerCAD makes it essentially impossible to do so.
We are seeking help from the community to recreate the object/STL designs as FreeCAD, hopefully done to good standards
. As per this Reddit thread
, @mutrax_be is willing to help, and @luzpaz (I think @Kunda1 here) has suggested we reach out here for help.
@Luzpaz opened a Github issue
on the matter, and we are asking for community engagement.
We value everybody's contribution and have some money for the modelling aspect of this project that we are happy to either pay to the contributors or to donate to FreeCAD if that's what the contributors desire. I'm not sure how to properly value the contribution (i.e., how much it it should cost), so perhaps we can gain consensus on that through the this thread too.
Thank you so much for your help on this, and hopefully we can soon realize the full potential of this project by honouring the Freedom to make the source code of this otoscope available.
Thank you, and please join this thread or the github issue to discuss further.
tarek : )