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Desktop Engineering (DE) magazine announced yesterday its winners of the “Change the World Challenge” and 3D Systems machines produced the winning medical devices.

Winners of Rapid Technologies That Will Change the World (from DE’s newsletter, November 10):
First Place: Prosthetics researcher Beth Roscoe and surgeon Dr. Philip Stoddard of Shriners Hospital for Children (Springfield, Mass) for developing a pre-surgical treatment for wide cleft lips and palates in children. Using a series of custom manufactured medical devices designed with Geomagic software and printed on 3D Systems machines, the pair developed a treatment involving a dozen or more appliances that serially mold gums into a more normal position, allowing the palate to grow naturally. The new treatment method minimizes patient discomfort and recovery time.

To learn more about the Change the World Challenge and this year’s award winners and finalists visit www.deskeng.com.