Tuesday, January 26, 2016

News: Recognition for revolutionary Picsima 3D

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Fripp Design and Research, one of the UK's leading product design, research and business consultancies, has won the Manufacturing Technology Award at the IET Innovation Awards for its innovative 3D printing technology.

With bases in London and on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, Fripp are experts in all areas of product design and industrial design with customers ranging from blue chip companies, to UK leading universities, to individual inventors and entrepreneurs. It also develops its own own intellectual property in areas ranging from DIY to healthcare.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) is the professional society for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries. The Innovation Awards celebrate the very best innovations in science, engineering and technology.

The award was recognition of the impact the new Picsima silicone 3D Print technology is having on manufacturing and the potential the technology will have in transforming patient specific health care in the future.

Picsima is a 3D printer that prints in full colour silicone, a world's first, that will revolutionise the rapid manufacture of soft tissue prosthetics, including "new" ears, noses and eyes.

Using 3D printing technology in the medical sector dramatically reduces the time and cost of manufacture without need for invasive procedures. A patient can quickly obtain necessary replacements without having to revisit the clinic.

3D printing often creates solid objects by building them up in very fine plastic layers. Fripp has been producing prosthetics by printing with starch powder to form a model which is then vacuum-formed with medical grade silicone. Now it is developing the system that prints direct with silicone, in full colour. It is currently completing the patent application for the Picsima process and is confident of having a patent granted in the first quarter of 2016.

The judging panel commented: "The judges were impressed with this exciting and well-presented submission which identified innovation at the highest level. As a patentable product this use of 3D printing has potential to revolutionise the medical market and create commercial benefits across all sectors."

Tom Fripp, managing director at Fripp Design and Research, said: "It is extremely pleasing for our company to be recognised by our peers in the winning of this award.

"Through the learning of the chemistry of curing silicone for a prosthetics manufacturing project, we had a "light bulb" moment on how you might 3D Print silicone, rather than mould it; and Picsima was born.

"Although Picsima is important to the company, our focus continues to be in delighting clients through innovative industrial and product design. The winning of the IET award is very important as it further reassures clients of our ability to develop and deliver market winning products for them."

Picsima website
Fripp Design website

Images: Fripp Design

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