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.



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.  


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:



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.