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Thursday
Mar222012

Your Chance to Replace a Body Part

Ever wondered how facial prostheses are made?  Ever wanted to have go at making one yourself?  Now you have a chance.

CARTIS are throwing their doors open to give designers, medical engineers and artists the chance to get hands on experience of the latest technologies and produce their own prostheses.  A three day course (23rd-25th  May 2012) will demonstrate how technologies more commonly used in the product development sector, can be used to create more lifelike prostheses.   This hands on workshop will give delegates the chance to work via computer aided design and 3D-printing to create a prostheses that they can take away with them.

“Whether you’re a designer, medical engineer or an artist, this is an exciting opportunity to engage with the latest digital technologies that are part of the new industrial revolution” (Dominic Eggbeer, CARTIS board member). 

CARTIS have worked for a number of years with expert research groups around the world to discover innovative ways of rebuilding lost facial anatomy.  From cancer patients to traumatic injuries, improvements in medical treatments mean that more people require complex prostheses to disguise facial disfigurement.  This is a chance to get a hands on insight of their work and have a go yourself.

Time is running out to book a place, so for further information on the course and to book your place, click here

Friday
Feb242012

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Dorrington 

  

Peter Dorrington, who joined PDR in Jan. 2011 has just been awarded his Ph.D.  His thesis is titled an investigation of the UK micro- and nano- technology government intervention.  His thesis is available to download at http://orca.cf.ac.uk/17870/.

This study investigated a recent UK Government Intervention established to develop Micro- and Nano- Technologies (MNTs) for technology-based economic growth. While the need for such innovation policies is well recognised, there is also a need to understand the key challenges to developing effective policy interventions for the innovation process that will create sound economic leverage. This PhD investigates these challenges and presents findings for both an academic and practitioner audience.

Peter is a crucial member of the CARTIS team and brings a unique and valuable angle to research capabilities.  He has recently been instrumental in working with the Rehabilitation Engineering Department at Morriston Hospital to establish the Devices for Dignity project and continues to help pioneer developments in patient-specific medical device design. 

 

Thursday
Feb092012

Cutting edge new stereolithography resin introduced

PDR has introduced another revolutionary stereolithgraphy resin for improved part quality.  Following the introduction of the tough new 3D-Systems, Accura Xtreme resin a few months ago, PDR are the first in the UK to use Accura ClearVue in their second SLA machine. 

The resin enables the production of extremely transparent, durable parts for low volume manufacturing or prototyping applications. 

For medical applications, the resin has undergone FDA USP VI testing, has low moisture absorption and can be selectively coloured to highlight anatomical features or other product details.   

For further details on how the range of services and materials available through PDR and CARTIS can work for you, please contact us. 

Tuesday
Jan312012

Devices for Dignity – Unmet Needs Project

PDR’s Medical Applications Group (MAG) has been successful in a collaborative bid with Morriston Hospital’s Rehabilitation Engineering Unit in the area of assistive technologies. £15,000 of funding has been awarded by ‘Devices for Dignity (D4D)’ to develop an Electromyography (EMG) stand alone switch which enables severely disabled users to independently control their environment or access communication by using tiny muscle actions; sometimes their only reliable movement. Usually these switches require powerful computers but this project intends to create a switch that can work independently of other equipment.

This collaborative project adopts a multi-disciplinary approach for the design and development of a device that will improve the lives of disabled individuals. PDR provides specific expertise from its patient-specific design centre.

Further information can be found at: http://www.devicesfordignity.org.uk/news/82-d4d-funding-for-the-future-of-healthcare

Monday
Jan302012

Peter Evans invited to talk at Groningen conference

Peter Evans from CARTIS will be speaking on zygomatic implants for nasal reconstruction at the Implantology for the Compromised Patient conference.  Peter was invited to present his state-of-the-art work at the conference, which will be held at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands from the 1st-4th Feb. 2012. 

Due to their length, zygomatic implants are notoriously difficult to place accurately.  Techniques developed by CARTIS utilise 3D surgical planning and patient specific drilling guides, which improve accuracy and make the procedure more predictable for the surgical team.