At the TU/e a premature manikin is developed, for training purposes of medical staff. At the moment this manikin has no realistic look and feel. In this research project there was researched how to simulate a baby skin for a premature manikin. Different material compositions were explored and tested. Nurses were asked to compare and assess different samples, by touching the materials in a blind box. Also the kinetic friction of these materials was measured and compared to the kinetic friction of real skin.
At the end of the project I partnered up with Mart Wetzels, and we combined our prototypes. Mart Wetzels researched how to simulate human vessels for the puncture training of nurses. His ‘vessels’ and my ‘skin’ were combined and our new prototypes were evaluated at Diagnostiek 4 U, a diagnostic center in Eindhoven.