Doctors Without Borders Using 3D Printing, Virtual Reality to Plan Hospitals

logo-homepageMédecins Sans Frontières, aka Doctors Without Borders, is investigating how 3D printing and virtual reality technologies can help the organization setup field hospitals that are well suited to their environment and the situation being addressed.

In addition to their traditional 2D plan drawings, the team also created 3D models and a virtual reality reproduction of a recently designed facility in Cantahay, Philippines that was built to help people after a 2013 typhoon. The models and VR world allow physicians to evaluate the facility in terms of its benefit for patients, to find bottlenecks and limitations, and make corrections that will result in more appropriate designs.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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