Digital Prostheses are Additively Manufactured (or “3D Printed”) high fidelity custom mould tools for the production of soft tissue prostheses. They are based on virtual sculpting to create a master pattern for the missing or damaged anatomy. Our unique approach saves carving time, investment and mould fabrication time, improves accuracy and increases the efficiency of repeat prosthesis fabrication. Our process achieves these things whilst maintaining the essential prosthetist-patient relationship, allowing use of proven materials for conventional processes, preserving the inherent skill and artistry of the prosthetist, and represents the most advanced application of AM technologies available without compromising quality.
Typical applications include auricular, nasal, orbital and brassiere-retained breast prostheses. The process usually relies on surface scan data, or CT for original anatomy reference (where present) prior to injury or removal. Our technique can also be adapted to create high-fidelity, multi-layered surgical or clinical training models – such as for bandaging lymphedema patients or rehearsing trauma surgery without access to cadaveric specimens.
We can receive DICOM data by post, and now digitally via the secure Image Exchange Portal (IEP). See our New Product Request & Customer Setup form below for details on how to setup a secure digital link between your PACS system and PDR.
Online meetings are performed using www.join.me – a link to access the planning session will be emailed in advance of the agreed time. To discuss materials, workflow and timeframe options in detail, please contact Dr. Dominic Eggbeer on +44 (0) 29 2041 6723 or [email protected].
Please see the following downloads for guidance on:
Recommended CT-Scan Protocols
New Product Request and Customer Set-Up Template
To make an enquiry, please follow the simple steps outlined below.
1 - ENQUIRY
Call us or email us with the details in our New Product Request Form.
2 - SEND DATA
Via secure DICOM data upload (see page 6 of our New Product Request Form to setup a secure digital link between your PACS system and PDR) or by post (on CD or DVD) to:
Surgical & Prosthetic Design
Cardiff Metropolitan University
200 Western Avenue
(If the disc is encrypted, the password should be sent separately through the post or emailed to [email protected]).
3 - ONLINE MEETING
We will agree a time with you and share our screen via the www.join.me online meeting service. We can then modify data of the original anatomy (where present) or sculpt a new master pattern under your direct supervision. Depending on the complexity of the case you can arrange for us to have the majority of the work completed before the session – so that only verification is needed.
4 - DIGITAL PROSTHESIS MOULD TOOL
These can be created during the same session, over multiple sessions, or unilaterally by our design engineers after agreeing detailed design specifications.
5 - QUOTATION
Upon agreement of the final plans and output designs, we will prepare a quotation which will be sent to the provided email address.
6 - VERIFICATION
At this stage, the designs for your device(s) should be thoroughly reviewed by the prescribing / operating surgeon and either approved, or a request for revisions made to PDR.