Friday, July 15, 2011

News: Project Diam2ond at the AMP


A project that would create a centre of excellence for the manufacture of medical devices in Rotherham is looking for support from the government's Regional Growth Fund.

Project Diam2ond will exploit the latest digital data acquisition and processing techniques (e.g. from CT-scan to bespoke medical device CAD-model), combined with appropriate additive manufacturing method(s) for the manufacture of patient specific medical devices.

This project will include additive manufacturing facility, to be located at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham and Attenborough Dental (ADL) in Nottingham; equipped with dedicated equipment and appropriately skilled staff resources which are to be made available to all UK medical device manufacturers via membership of Diam2ond.

Project Diam2ond will be a national centre of excellence for the research and commercial exploitation of advanced manufacturing techniques in healthcare. Its focus is to help national (and multinational companies) benefit from a competitive supply chain in the same way that the supply chain for Rolls Royce and Boeing are gaining competitive advantage through their association with the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, and Attenborough Dental at DenCity and their association with BioCity Nottingham.

The project is being led by Steve Roberts, director of AMP-based Fripp Design and endorsed by Sheffield City Council, Sheffield University, Manchester Metropolitan University and welding experts, TWI. Private sector support comes from device manufacturers and service companies, JRI orthopaedics, Sheffield Precision Medical, Techceram, CA Blatchfords and Sons, Attenborough Labs and Castle Ceramics Dental Labs.

Fripp Design are working with the University of Sheffield on a project to develop a system to fabricate soft tissue prostheses for patients suffering from facial deformities as a result of disease or serious accidents.

Fripp Design website


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