Carroll Junior Allen Zhou has “always been a math and science kid” but recently has formed a real interest in biomedical engineering and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses. He worked closely with a professor at UTA and has created a project that has the potential to help people suffering from bone injuries.
On February 17, Allen will present his 3D Scaffold Prosthesis at the Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair for an opportunity to move onto the state and national science meets.
The objective of Allen’s research was to design a scaffold, a three-dimensional structure composed of polymer fibers that help with bone regeneration, with the use of Solidworks, a 3D design software. This scaffold is unique because it is printed by a 3D printer so additive manufacturing is possible. His reasoning for designing the full bone, when designing scaffolding that only covers a small part of the bone, is for the flexible creation of scaffolds along any part of the bone. Also, the femur in its entirety aids in the easy visualization of how the scaffold helps a bone heal. The scaffold prosthesis is useful when fracturing or breaking of bones occurs and bone regeneration must occur.
In the video below, Allen explains the process he went through to create and submit his project.