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Wednesday
Nov262014

CARTIS Member Receives Award

CARTIS member, Sean Peel has just received the Cardiff Metropolitan University, STAR award.  The award recognises excellent work ethic, ingenuity and dedication to delivering high quality services. 

Sean is Business Development Design Engineer within PDR’s Surgical & Prosthetic Design team.  In the 4 years Sean’s worked at PDR, he’s undertaken well over 1,000 cases that have helped a wide range of customers deliver improved healthcare outcomes efficiently.  He is also helping to deliver an EPSRC/_Innovate-funded project that is pioneering new ways of employing the latest advanced design and manufacturing technologies to implant design.  In addition to research project and enterprise work, Sean is also undertaking a Ph.D. concerned with informing the development of new design tools to facilitate more efficient inter-disciplinary communication and collaborative working between engineers and medical professionals. 

Sean has been instrumental at ensuring customer and other stakeholder needs are exceeded and this award recognises the pride he takes in his work and rigour with which it is delivered.  

Monday
Nov242014

CARTIS 3D-Printed Guide & Implant Patient Featured in Financial Times

CARTIS collaborators Sean Peel (Business Development Design Engineer - PDR) and Mr Satyajeet Bhatia (Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon - UHW, Cardiff) are featured in an article published in the Financial Times (free registration required).

The article, which provides a broad overview of how digital design and additive manufacturing is being used to save money and improve clinical outcomes in the NHS, also features quotes from a patient who was treated using PDR / CARTIS patient-specific devices.

The case provides an excellent example of how the combination of clinical and design / engineering expertise can overcome highly complex, aesthetically critical challenges in a robust, predictable, and reliable way.

PDR's digital surgical planning, custom surgical guide and custom implant service details are here: http://www.cartis.org/services/

 

Wednesday
Oct152014

Job Opportunity (2) - Surgical + Prosthetic Design Technician at PDR

A second exciting position is now open for applications at PDR; a Medical Applications Technician in the Surgical + Prosthetic Design team.

The role involves delivering PDR's UK-leading, 3D-printed, custom anatomical model service.

The successful applicant will engage in CT and MRI scan-data manipulation, 3D-printing preperation, 3D-printer operation, post-processing, and regular customer liaison.  

Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, be highly disciplined in meeting deadlines, and be willing to learn about relevant medical and anatomical terminology.

The deadline for applications is 28th October 2014.

Further information about PDR's Surgical + Prosthetic Design services can be found HERE.

A detailed job description can be found HERE.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

Monday
Oct062014

Job Opportunity (1) - Research Assistant at PDR

An exciting research assistant position is now open for applications at PDR.

The role involves delivering an EPSRC-funded project in the field of additive manufacturing (3D printing) for custom surgical implants.

The successful applicant will engage in data collection for, prototype evaluation of, and research publication from the development of a novel, user-led software interface and system.

Applicants must be highly organised, self motivated, and excellent at team-work.

The deadline for applications is 19th October 2014.

Further information about the project can be found HERE.

A detailed job description can be found HERE.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

Tuesday
Sep302014

CARTIS Team Presents at 5th Triennial ADT Congress in Beijing

L to R: Sean Peel (Design + Research Engineer - PDR); Ffion O'Malley (Academic Associate - PDR); Lawrence Dovgalski (Principal Maxillofacial Prosthetist - Morriston Hospital); Dr Dominic Eggbeer (Unit Manager - Surgical + Prosthetic Design - PDR); Mr Peter Evans (Consultant Maxillofacial Prosthetist - Morriston Hospital)

CARTIS members from PDR and Morriston Hospital have recently returned from presenting papers at the 5th Triennial congress of the ADT (Advanced Digital Technology in Head & Neck Reconstruction) Foundation in Beijing.  After their seven well-recieved presentations, the team had invaluable networking and learning opportunities during a successful and informative event.  

CARTIS remains at the cutting-edge of the application of digital design and 3D printing to both routine and uniquely challenging surgical cases - having been amongst the first to pioneer these techniques in Britain in the late 90's.  The team's presentations are listed below - clicking on them will open the conference program (PDF - ADT website); page numbers for each abstract are provided. 

Adrian Sugar:

IMAGING AND PLANNING IN SURGERY: OUTCOME OF THE AOCMF CLINICAL PRIORITY PROGRAM (PAGE 38)

Dominic Eggbeer:

THE FUNCTIONAL APPROPRIATENESS OF COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGNED / ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED IMPLANTS (PAGE 53) 

Ffion O'Malley: 

RESEARCH TO INFORM OPTIMAL MAXILLOFACIAL SURGICAL GUIDE DESIGN & MANUFACTURE (PAGE 54)

Sean Peel:

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED MAXILLOFACIAL IMPLANTS – TOWARDS NEW DESIGN TOOLS (PAGE 55)

Peter Evans:

ACCURACY OF ZYGOMATIC IMPLANT PLACEMENT IN NASAL REGION (PAGE 61) 

Peter Evans:

THE DIGITIAL PATHWAY IN FACIAL PROSTHETICS (PAGE 69)

Lawrence Dovgalski:

ACCURACY OF COLOUR MATCHING: COMPARISON OF TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL TECHNIQUES (PAGE 78) 

More information about the ADT can be found HERE at the foundation website.