CARTIS Welcomes New Team Members

L-R: Heather Goodrum, Gavin Thomas, Hayley Hanson, Steven Hollisey-McLean

CARTIS partner institutions Morriston Hospital and PDR have grown their respective teams in the first part of 2015.  

Morriston welcomes Reconstructive Scientist Steven Hollisey-McLean and 3D Biomedical Technician Heather Goodrum; while PDR's Surgical & Prosthetic Design team adds Research Assistant Gavin Thomas and Technician Hayley Hanson.

Steven will be working on producing soft-tissue prostheses for patients who have undergone surgery following trauma, disease or congenital birth defects.  Heather undertakes the Computer Aided Design (CAD) modelling work for the maxillofacial unit - processing and manipulating patient scan data to plan procedures and improve outcomes.  Gavin's role focuses on a collaborative project between PDR, ABMU, and two external industrial partners.  Hayley operates PDR's national and international Medical Modelling and Reconstruction Aids service.    

Further information about the new additions to CARTIS can be found on the members page.


Medical Modelling 2nd Ed. Available Now

Medical Modelling, The Application of Advanced Design and Rapid Prototyping Techniques in Medicine, second edition is available now. The book is co-authored by Richard Bibb, Dominic Eggbeer & Abby Paterson, who have decades worth of experience in the field of custom medical device design.  

Medical modelling and the principles of medical imaging, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Rapid Prototyping (also known as Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing) are important techniques relating to various disciplines - from biomaterials engineering to surgery. Building on the success of the first edition, Medical Modelling: The application of Advanced Design and Rapid Prototyping techniques in medicine provides readers with a revised edition of the original text, along with key information on innovative imaging techniques, Rapid Prototyping technologies and case studies.

Following an overview of medical imaging for Rapid Prototyping, the book goes on to discuss working with medical scan data and techniques for Rapid Prototyping. In this second edition there is an extensive section of peer-reviewed case studies, describing the practical applications of advanced design technologies in surgical, prosthetic, orthotic, dental and research applications.

For further details and to order a copy, click here.


Latest Research: CAD/CAM Solutions in the Retention of Extra-Oral Facial Prosthetics 

The latest Ph.D. research from Surgical & Prosthetic Design in PDR is now available.  Steffan Daniel completed his research, Towards Developing CAD/CAM Solutions in the Retention of Extra-Oral Facial Prosthetics towards the end of 2014.

Maxillofacial prosthetics became a specialist profession after the First World War, due to the many soldiers who were left disfigured.  There have been significant developments in technology, surgical technique and improvements in cancer treatment and detection in the last decade. This has led to an increased number of patients with large post-surgical defects that require prosthetic rehabilitation, and therefore the demand for maxillofacial prosthetics is increasing. However, with increased patient numbers and a lack of investment, the Maxillofacial Prosthetics field is faced with challenges. There are a decreasing number of professionals entering the field and access to prosthetic services can be difficult for some patients. Prosthetic treatment currently relies on technically complex, time- consuming, craft-based techniques, but the training required for the application of new technologies is limited and requires costly specialist courses. These challenges must be tackled in order to meet healthcare and patient demands.

The design processes involved in the field of Maxillofacial Prosthetics are traditionally craft-based, but in recent years the field has shown an increasing interest in Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM).

PDR began research into the use of technologies such as 3D scanning, computer aided design and 3D printing/rapid prototyping in facial prosthetics as early as 1999.  Steffan’s research provides significant new insights into the design of complex osseointegrated retention mechanisms.  Before Steffan’s work, the incorporation and design of these crucial components had not fully considered in the digital workflow.  This represented a significant barrier to effective clinical adoption of CAD/CAM technologies in Maxillofacial Prosthetics. 

This work has shown that there is potential for CAD/CAM technologies in the context of extra-oral retention mechanism design process, fabrication, and evaluation, and this drives future work.

Click here to download the thesis.  


PDR Surgical & Prosthetic Design Open Evening

PDR are hosting an open evening for Wales-based surgeons and technicians on the 3rd Feb 2015.  The evening aims to promote best practice in the use of state-of-the-art digital design, 3D-photography, and 3D-printing technologies that the Welsh Government Health Technology and Telehealth Fund has supported.  These technologies are available at low-cost and are being implemented and run for the benefit of NHS Wales by PDR. 

This first open evening will demonstrate the capabilities of the technologies to improve clinical outcome, increase the safety of procedures and reduce treatment costs whilst improving access for rural and remote communities.   Key worked examples will be used to illustrate clinical cases and provide the basis for discussing and developing new best-practice. 

A buffet and drinks will be served.

NHS Wales surgeons and technicians can click here to book a place.  


Job Opportunity at PDR 


Do you have a passion for using the latest design and fabrication techniques? 

Have you ever wondered how they can be used in surgery and prosthetics?  

PDR are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated person to join their team; working in the highly dynamic field of surgical & prosthetic design. The successful candidate will liaise with medical specialists across the UK and help to deliver custom products and services to meet their needs. 

The varied role will involve collaboration with customers and research partners, through to using the latest computer aided design and 3D-printing technologies.  Attention to detail is essential.  


Click here to download further details.