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Thursday
Jan152015

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.  

Monday
Dec152014

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.  

Wednesday
Dec102014

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.  

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 4th JANUARY 2015.

Click here to download further details.

 

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/