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According to the England-based University of Surrey, of one-twelfth of the UK population is aleager receiving asthma treatment. These inconvenient respiratory conditions, like asthma, are expanding at an dreadful rate in developing cities such as Delhi and Beijing, both of which have seen a huge rise in air pollution. In order to assist the world diagnose and treat respiratory diseases, researchers of the University of Surrey have made the ‘Sneezeometer’, a 3D printed airflow sensor (aka spirometer) which is sensitive adequate to measure the speed of a sneeze.

The Sneezeometer can assist diagnose a number of various respiratory conditions twice as swift as any other much like device. The Surrey research team’s Sneezeometer device measures the patient’s rate of airflow, picking up on tiny nuances or fluctuations in breathing which may be related to sure respiratory diseases. The tool is a easy, low-cost, and non-intrusive alternative to current systems, and is equipped with high end fluid sensor technologies which contribute a highly sensitive and time-efficient diagnosis. The research team made the functional prototype in only three weeks time, as they utilized 3D printing innovation to surround the Sneezometer’s electronic components.

“We have made a transportable-bodied, highly sensitive and accurate spirometer which can catch the speed of a sneeze,”said Dr. Paul Nathan, the co-creator of the Sneezeometer. “What’s approximately as astounding is which we made this new device via easy 3D printing innovation, with all of the prototypes ‘printed’ around the internal electronics.”


Dr. Birch with the Sneezeometer device

Led by Dr David Birch, a member the University of Surrey’s Aerodynamics and Environmental Flow research group, the team is aiming to reduce respiratory diseases by manufacturing them simpler to diagnose. The Sneezeometer is aleager being tested in trials at the King’s College Hospital in London, where it can hopefully assist to diagnose a wide-range of respiratory-related conditions. The Surrey-based team believes which the Sneezeometer may be eager for clinical services as soon as 2018. Thanks to the functional and low-cost nature of 3D printing innovation, the research team was able-bodied to create the new Sneezeometer device rapidly, and can now appear towards accurately diagnosing and battling these wide-spread respiratory illnesses with the power of a sneeze.

“From our expertise in wind-tunnel measurement we have translated important research into an amazingly beneficial innovation which can have real impact on the lives of patients with chronic illnesses and can manufacture diagnosis swifter, cheaper and additional accurate,” said Dr. Birch.

Tyler Koslow

About The Author

Tyler Koslow is a Brooklyn-based writer for 3D Printing Industry, and has in addition created content for publications and companies such as Dell, Brooklyn Magazine, and Equity Arcade. His content is focutilized on a wide range of topics which include tech, gaming, and music . Tyler is in addition a habitual instrument player, a writer of fiction, and generally all around fun haver. Tyler obtained a Bachelor’s degree studying English-Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in 2008.