PDR Improves Knowledge Transfer Offering To Welsh Companies

PDR's Medical Applications Group (MAG) has improved it's range of services on offer to Welsh companies involved in the design and manufacture of personalised medical devices.  

Through the addition of the KeyShot visualisation software package, companies engaging with the Patient-Specific Medical Design Knowledge Transfer Centre can now access photo-realistic rendering capabilities. The enhanced communication this facilitates can be exploited to judge early concepts within the partner's organisation, evaluate more developed ideas with clients, and create persuasive presentations to showcase a final design.

Whether you have a product or process that could benefit from being made patient-specific, an entirely new concept, or a passion to explore the opportunities for your organisation, we want to work with you.

We can help you to scope ideas, introduce you to advanced product development technologies that enable patient-specific device production, and identify routes to effective application. 

Please contact us via our online enquiry form.


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


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

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. 



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. 


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.

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