In countries where people have to travel long distances to receive medical care, where resources are stretched and where the most efficient solutions are sought, advanced design and fabrication technologies have an important role to play. However, numerous barriers reduce wider uptake of the latest accuracy and efficiency improving methods. 

Dr Dominic Eggbeer has teamed up with Prof. Yadroitsau and colleagues from the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Free State, South Africa on a mission to develop research projects that provide equitable access to state-of-the-art healthcare.

Through a four-day workshop with around forty participants, we will explore how 3d design and digital technologies can be used to improve access to state-of-the-art healthcare services in South Africa. Focus is on patient specific devices such as surgical implants, assistive technology, prosthetics and orthotics. We will:​

  • Provide cross-disciplinary networking and development opportunities for early career researchers in the field of patient specific devices.
  • Define research questions that aim to improve outcomes for those requiring patient specific medical devices.
  • Stimulate the development of research projects between participants in the UK and SA.
  • Share best practice in the production of patient specific devices between researchers and clinicians in the UK and SA.

Dominic will be joined by thirteen early career researchers from the UK, a further sixteen from South Africa and industry representatives. This group will be complemented by four mentors, two from the UK and two from South Africa, who will provide career guidance and inspiration.

The workshop will be held from the 3rd-9th Dec. 2018. 

It is supported by the Newton Fund Researcher Links grant, ID 2017-RLWK8-10536, under the UK-South Africa Newton Fund.

The grant is funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by the British Council. For further information, please visit

The National Research Foundation in S Africa have also supported this workshop.

Visit the project website here to keep up to date.


Dr Hanna Burton - CEng MIMechE

Dr Hanna Burton has been elected as a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. A chartered engineer develops answers to engineering problems using new or existing technologies in creative and innovative ways. Hanna is developing the next generation of implantable devices with CARTIS through advanced metal additive manufacturing. To improve patient safety and surgical accuracy it is essential to ensure that devices comply within a changing regulatroy field.

UK India Education Research Initiative - Pt 2

PDR and Morriston Hospital welcomed Maxillofacial and Dental specialists from King George’s Medical University (KGMU) as part of the UK India Education Research Initiative project this week. This visit introduced tissue engineering and advanced metal additive manufacturing techniques. It was also used to develop a research programme that will complement KGMU’s move to create in-hospital 3d planning and 3d printing capability. With high patient numbers and limited budget, in-hospital 3d planning and printing methods must be developed as rigorously, and efficiently as possible. CARTIS will help to implement the essential design controls, technical parameters and programme of on-going research with KGMU.

Two further visits in 2019 will be used to implement the plan.


Morriston welcomes Dr Alba Gonzalez 

This week Dr Alba Gonzalez started in her role as 3D Biomedical Technician at Morriston Hospital. Alba, who has a wealth of design experience to bring to the role, is really excited to join the Maxillofacial Laboratory Team.

Her first day involved obervation of complex surgical procedures that made use of the in-hospital 3d planning and printing capability. 


UK India Education Research Initiative 

Peter Evans and Dominic Eggbeer were joined by Katie Beverly (PDR Eco design) on the first of four exchange trips between King George's Medical University, Lucknow, India and PDR/ABM Uni Health Board. The universities are working together to identify appropriate methods of introducing advanced design and manufacturing technologies into routine clinical practice and training. 

The first visit involved a combination of structured design methodologies to identify user requirements, meetings and a conference programme organised by Prof Divya Mehrotra in the Maxillofacial Unit. Data collected on this first visit will be used to tailor the introduction of new technologies in subsequent visits.

A more detailed write up is available here

CARTIS is involved with numerous knowledge exchange activities, conference programmes and international foundations. This makes CARTIS an ideal partner on projects that help to solve complex healthcare challenges using design, engineering and manufacture.