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CARTIS is involved with a wide variety of research projects.  We aim to populate this page with research outputs and resources that may be of benefit to other researchers in the fields of maxillofacial prosthetics, surgery and related areas of design and manufacture.  Keep visiting for further updates.    

 

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    Steffan Daniel PhD Thesis, 2014

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    The thesis demonstrates that CAD/CAM can be used to design, produce, and integrate bar-clip retention mechanisms in all aspects of the prosthesis production workflow. Digital measurement methods allow an objective evaluation of the important aspects of bar-clip mechanism design, identifying a number of inaccuracies/design flaws that current evaluation techniques fail to identify. The study concludes that the overall CAD/CAM workflow is not yet appropriate for clinical practice but there is potential in the newly developed processes and this drives future work.
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    Sean Peel, PhD Thesis, 2018

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    This research identified drivers and barriers to routine National Health Service (NHS) adoption of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Additive Manufacturing (AM) for the production of patient-specific devices. It proposed and verified a design process intervention, which aimed to overcome the most important barriers and better exploit the drivers. The data generated and recorded in this work spanned qualitative and quantitative findings from fourteen real-world clinical case studies, a fully-realised structure for a Quality Management System (QMS), prototyping of a design intervention in a paper-based format, and verification of its intended impacts with three users across commercial and clinical contexts.
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    Future of Facial Prosthetics Report Sept 2012.pdf

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    On the 12th Jan, 2012, an EPSRC funded workshop with the aim to clarify a research strategy for developing state of the art clinical practice in maxillofacial prosthetics was held at Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University. This report outlines the need behind a workshop in this area and concludes the findings from the workshop that provide direction for further research.
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    Ffion O'Malley's PhD Thesis Min (2).pdf

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    PhD undertaken at PDR. Over the last three years this PhD research has focussed on the area of Maxillofacial Additive Manufactured Surgical Guides. A mix of qualitative and quantitative research has been undertaken to develop new knowledge about how guides are used, the cleanliness and surface roughness characteristics of the materials and the accuracy of procedures. The PhD thesis will cover the research results from the above topics, summarising and highlighting specific advantages & limitations from the planning, designing, fabrication and use of maxillofacial surgical guides. The discussion will highlight how the work has challenged some common assumptions; conclude the clinical implications of this and the need for further research
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    Eggbeer D. TCT 2012 presentation.pdf

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    This presentation aimed to clarify which AM/RP processes and materials meet which medical-related standards and how this translates to their suitability for different applications. The objective was to address the shortfall of information that could help the product development supply chain understand the implication of adopting RP/AM in low volume or one-off production. Particular focus was given to the appropriateness of various testing procedures for specific biomedical applications for a discrete range of AM/RP technologies.
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    Eggbeer D. Ph.D Thesis

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    Dominic Eggbeer completed his Ph.D. on the application of computer-aided technologies in maxillofacial prosthetics in 2008. You can download the thesis here.
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    Eggbeer D. ADT 2011 Presentation

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    This presentation was given by Dominic Eggbeer at the Advanced Digital Technologies in Head and Neck Reconstruction (ADT) in 2011.
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    D. Thomas, Ph.D. Thesis

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    Early research into the application of Selective Laser Melting. The thesis includes the development of design rules for early-generation metal laser melting technologies.