4Women is creating a self-administered HPV test that could replace pap smears for most women. They printed 3D prototypes of their devices on the Objet500 Connex3 3D printer, using clear and flexible materials — all at the Polsky Center’s Fab Lab. Additionally, they created a realistic and approachable kit using the laser cutter.

The company was a finalists at the 2017 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, and won $20,000.

“The Fab Lab was critical to our progress and success in Booth’s New Venture Challenge. Creating a physical prototype allowed us to turn our ideas into something tangible. While we had CAD drawings to show our design, we found that it was still difficult for others to fully grasp our product. Once we had a physical product, everyone instantly understood. Not only did this help our team better understand our product and service but it also helped our judges and future customers better understand 4Women as well.” – Sue Kim, MBA ’17, CEO of 4Women


  • Founders (Sue Kim, MBA ’17, and Arshiya Fazal, AB ’12, MBA ’17)
  • 5th Place at the 2017 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) ($20,000)
  • Learn more about 4Women here.

Fab Lab Equipment used:

  • Objet500 Connex3 3D printer
  • Laser cutter

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