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Neuro Trauma Drill / Low-Cost Cranial Drill

Neuro Trauma Drill
Neuro Trauma Drill

Trepanning, one of the earliest recorded medical interventions, is a procedure in which a hole is bored in the human skull in order to release blood pressure in case of trauma (intracranial hematoma). About 69 million people worldwide suffer from a neurotrauma injury per year, the majority occurring in low-resource countries in regions such as South-east Asia and Africa. We designed a purely mechanical, high-speed drill from easily available (scooter, motorcycle & car parts) and off the shelf parts. The design is highly modular and adjustable, to accommodate different flywheels and can be operated by a single person, via a foot pedal.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands

Jan Sebastian van Ackeren,
Delft University of Technology

Jan Heinen,
Delft University of Technology

Araceli Luque Martin-Sacristan,
Delft University of Technology