MOON SHOT! Ideas Needed!! i just read the email below from one of our Kindergarten Teachers and I immediately thought that if we had enough information I could maybe? 3D print a possible replacement.
“…a student that has misplaced the back of their hearing aid. It is the blue piece that goes around the ear with attached silver hearing aid boot. The silver boot alone is $1,000. I am going to continue to tear apart my classroom to look for it and [custodians] will be on the lookout for it tonight while [they] clean.”
What I’m asking the community here is to give me ideas about what things to ask for if we were to offer help and/or to reverse-engineer this housing?
What all do I/we need to recreate the missing piece?
I’m guessing a 3D model of the ear area is essential? Would photogrammetry work? Laser scanner? I’m not terribly optimistic we can help but it got me thinking.
FYI: We are a K-12 school district in the USA. I have access to Fusion 360, a few Prusa I3 MK3 printers (with PLA, TPU and ABS), digital cameras, calipers, and maybe some soft modeling clay in the Art rooms. In the deep past I’ve made molds of human body parts for masks and special effects using latex and plaster. So I’m willing to get creative.