This is the first free, open access, fully functional, 3D-printable Vortex for teaching advanced airway management to anaesthesia practitioners. We have taken the existing 2D teaching materials from the vortexapproach.org and converted this to a 3D model, perfect for passing around the room during lectures or explaining concepts during tutorials.
All objects are copyright Nick Chrimes, see vortexapproach.org for further details.
These models were created by Dr Philip Cohen with input from the GP Anaesthetists of RADU (Rural Anaesthesia Down Under Facebook Group) and the assistance of Mechanical Engineer Ross Second and Mathematical input from A/Prof Samuel Cohen. They are distributed under a Creative Commons license as a free educational model to teach the principles of advanced airway management to anaesthesia practitioners.
This model have been designed to enhance the Vortex Approach to Airway Management and CICO Rescue teaching material available at http://vortexapproach.org/
This is a multi part model that has been optimised for printing in multiple colours. The suggested colour is at the end of the file and if these are used then it will match the official Vortex Approach materials. All files have been made to clip together, except for the lifeline inserts which require glue:
Clip the two parts of the cone together
Slide the rings onto the cone, starting with the largest
Clip the CICO base onto the bottom
Push the Inserts into the correct indent in the cone to show the lifelines, These parts will require glue. I recommend cyanoacrylate (e.g. super glue) or epoxy resin (e.g. araldyte)
- Set the Vortex, base down, into the stand, it should rotate freely, There is a hole in the stand to assist with removing the Vortex if it becomes stuck
There is a video coming soon which will go through the printing and assembly of the model for clarity sake.
Each part can also be easily re-sized using software such as Simplify3D/Cura to fit print-bed or transport requirements, however we have not tested the model below a maximum diameter of 20cm (90.91%)
The file marked Key-chain, is not a part of the full sized model but is merely there for fun if someone wants to have a Vortex on their key-ring (Thanks to Ross Second for converting this one!)
If you make either of these, please upload a photo using the "I made one" link above, we'd love to see how they turn out.
The model can be printed in multiple colours for ease of assembly or can be painted as part of post-production. If multiple colour fillaments are used then our recommendations are included in the file name