3D-Printed, Personalized Wearable Electronics Shaped by 3D Datasets

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Proliferation and miniaturization of technology, particularly electronics, enables medical device technology in wearable format with multimodal biometric sensors, ranging from fitness wearable to advanced monitors for chronic diseases. Many of these devices suffer from poor data quality and user compliance issues due to generic strap on device designs that do not conform to the user’s unique physiology.

3D printing provides the ability to design and manufacture medical devices that are directly tailored to the patient and therefore enables optimized placement for sensors and intimate contact to the target improving sensing fidelity and user comfort. Topological information derived from 3D generated models acquired using conventional imaging techniques such as photogrammetry using smartphones and existing 3D data of subjects such as MRI or CT medical imaging enable mm accurate generation of wearable device meshes, previously introduced by the inventors, unique to the subject. These designs can then be rapidly prototyped or manufactured using 3D printing to fit the individual needs for multimodal data acquisition and the need of the user. This personalization enables more accurate and chronic diagnostic, therapeutic and screening applications.  

Chronic conditions affect approximately 133 million Americans, ca. 40% of the population, according to the National Health Council. Chronic monitoring enables personalized treatments that significantly improve treatment outcomes. Multimodality of these monitors with capabilities such as blood pressure, glucose levels, blood oxygenation etc. provides a rich dataset that can be analyzed with modern signal processing methods.

Current shortcomings of wearable devices however are the fidelity of measurements which lacks behind bulky gold standards prohibiting the use in diagnostics and therapeutics. Therefore, there is a clear need for high fidelity devices that are imperceptible for the wearer to enable long term chronic measurements.

This technology allows for a 3D printed, customizable wearable technology that ensures a perfect personalized fit for any user thereby increasing the fidelity and ensuring consistent accuracy of the collected data. Furthermore, the device does not require any adhesive, reducing irritation and enable chronic measurements.


  • Biodata monitoring
  • Personalized device development


  • Adaptable
  • Affordable
  • Customizable
  • High fidelity contact generation
  • Improved sensor performance
  • Increased user comfort
  • Increased user compliance
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Contact For More Information:
Jace Langen
Licensing Manager
The University of Arizona
Lead Inventor(s):
Philipp Gutruf
Tucker Stuart