CARTIS Unit Celebrates 25 Years

The Maxillofacial Unit at Morriston Hospital, Swansea have been at the forefront of craniofacial rehabilitation in the UK for 25 years.  This was recently celebrated with a seminar that showcased how their work has helped to realise patient benefits by improving the predictability of procedures and providing more stable and lifelike facial prostheses. 

The seminar brought together Anders Tjellstrӧm & Kerstin Bergstrӧm from Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden, who first taught the surgical and prosthetic techniques to the South Wales Team. Other presentations were other leading specialists from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, Cochlear, Technovent Ltd and Morriston Hospital.

Presentations during the day provided a unique insight into the history and future of cutting edge techniques in craniofacial rehabilitation.  The event was also covered by regional news.

Wales is fortunate to have significant expertise in the field of craniofacial rehabilitation and the work to improve procedures through international and multidisciplinary research collaboration is ongoing.

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CARTIS Member Chairs Unique Personalised Innovation Conference

CARTIS member Peter Dorrington (in collaboration with Paul Thurston of PDR/Design Wales’ Service Design KTC) recently organised and chaired a unique conference in Cardiff exploring Personalised Innovation.  Attended by around 80 delegates from local and national industry, the distinctive event was designed to explore new approaches to innovation stemming from an exploration of individual users needs.

The conference featured world-class presentations from the worlds of technology, design, healthcare and manufacturing:

Clive Grinyr - Cisco Systems

Clive is director of customer experience and makes technology useful for businesses and the public sector.

Mark Mugglestone & Helen Baxter – NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement
Mark is head of Innovation and Helen is an Improvement Lead; both are responsible for service innovation on a massive scale.

Geraint Edwards - IDEO
Geraint is a senior designer who creates new services for Swiss banks and user experience strategies for Middle-East leisure islands.

Simon Van De Crommert - 3D Systems
Simon is the sales manager and works closely with leading Formula 1 teams to push the boundaries of bespoke, rapid manufacturing.

Simon Blyth – Actant
Simon is a designer that helps major fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies identify, design and realise new innovations.

Nick Allen – 3D Print-UK

Nick saw the opportunity to bridge the gap between the consumer and 3D printing industry, setting up a company that provides hobbyists and consumers with a friendly bureau service, without needing in-depth knowledge of professional designers. 


CARTIS Members Present at 3D Printing Seminar for Local Industry

CARTIS members, Peter Dorrington and Dominic Eggbeer recently presented at PDR’s “Opportunities in 3D Printing” seminar in Cardiff.  The event was jointly organised by the Patient Specific Medical Design and Service Design KTC programmes.  It brought together around 40 representatives from local design and manufacturing industries, and the public sector to examine current additive manufacturing (AM) state-of-the-art, future trends, and opportunities for companies to exploit the technology to deliver new products and services.

The seminar featured a diverse range of speakers ranging from Phil Reeves of Econolyst Ltd (one of the world leading consultancies dedicated to Additive Manufacturing), Frank Cooper from the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre and Roger Moss, a sculptor fusing 35 years of traditional practice with new digital design and AM techniques.


CARTIS Members Return From Leuven



CARTIS members, Dominic Eggbeer & Sean Peel recently attended the Materialise World Conference in Leuven, Belgium.  The conference brought together around 500 world leading researchers, medical specialists, engineers and business leaders to discuss state of the art applications in additive manufacturing. 

The conference split into two medical themes (orthopaedic & cardiac) and automotive, but also introduced translational areas of advanced manufacturing.  The medical stream provided a fascinating insight into the ways in which technology is being applied to improve patient outcomes and deliver services more efficiently.  Particular highlights included learning how accurate surgical guides can be used to salvage limbs that would have otherwise been amputated or require the joint surfaces being removed, details of Belgium’s first full face transplant and how industrial design is being used to revolutionise the way limb prosthetics are styled. 

The conference also provided the ideal platform for Dominic & Sean to meet fellow researchers and make new contacts. 

Details on the conference can be found here


CARTIS presents at the Orthodontic Technicians Conference, Cardiff 

The Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA) annual conference returned to Cardiff this year for the 4th time.  This year, it was chaired by Mr Jeff Lewis, Lecturer in Dental Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  

CARTIS board member and secretary, Peter Evans presented research on 'Digital Technology in Maxillofacial Prosthetics' as an invited speaker for the Saturday Programme chaired by Dr Les Joffe.  This was followed by a presentation by Dr Bob Williams, Reader and Principal Lecturer in Dental Technology at UWIC, who is working closely with PDR and CARTIS in pioneering applications of CAD and additive manufacturing in dental technology.  Dr Williams presented research into 'The Applications of CAD/CAM Additive Technologies in Orthodontics' 

Both presentations led to an interesting debate on the influence of these emerging technologies for Orthodontics and the skill required by dental technicians of the future. 

CARTIS continues to promote and interdisciplinary approach to evaluating the effectiveness of emerging, computer-aided technologies in dental and prosthetic device design and welcomes the opportunity to disseminate and discuss findings.

For further details of the OTA conference, click here.