£6M Funding Input for Bespoke 3D Printed Medical Devices

Medical Devices

Up until now, there has been a lack of customised, bespoke and effective medical devices due to inadequate supply of materials, difficult product development processes, and restricted market access.

The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing is working to solve this issue by removing a barrier that limits the introduction of cutting-edge engineering into the NHS.

“The funding will assist researchers in building a platform which business can use to engage with materials and manufacturing techniques required to 3D print medical devices.“

The funding will assist researchers in building a platform which business can use to engage with materials and manufacturing techniques required to 3D print medical devices.

The objective is to provide a guide that explains how to create custom, individualised medical equipment, and to encourage use of these technologies throughout hospitals, pharmacies, and the NHS.

The idea is that in future, this will help create and commercialise cutting-edge technologies like intestine patches and prosthetic limbs.

Professor in chemical engineering at The University of Nottingham, Ricky Wildman, explained that during Covid 19, “we saw develop at record speed and be implemented safely for the public good. We now have the chance to build on this success to continue to transform the way we get innovation that makes people’s lives better to market and to clinic.”

“Multi-material, multi-functional additive manufacturing has the potential to revolutionise the way we realise medtech innovation. This funding will transform the market adoption of medical devices and therapies that are truly life saving for patients.”

NHS consultant, Professor Mohammad Ilyas, explained that “this work will improve our understanding of how the gut functions. More importantly, if successful, it will lead to a paradigm shift in clinical management and launch the use of autologous tissue engineered therapeutics for the treatment of bowel disease.”

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