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Re-distributed manufacturing in Healthcare Network – Call for Feasibility Study Proposals

One of 3DP-RDM’s sister networks, the Re-distributed manufacturing in Healthcare Network (RiHN) has today launched its call for feasibility study proposals. From the call document:

This call aims to support studies that will contribute towards the development of the research agenda for RDM in healthcare. Feasibility studies would be expected to address specific interdisciplinary research challenges, which may include a number of those identified from the Sandpit outputs but may build on new proposals of value to the concept of RDM. Suggestions for potential healthcare product themes include, but are not limited to:

  1. Medical Devices
  2. Pharmaceuticals
  3. Advanced therapeutics (cell and tissue)
  4. Bespoke implants and prosthetics
  5. Assistive devices
  6. Diagnostics

Although studies are not restricted to these six themes, projects are expected to consider challenges common to all these areas, such as:
Regulatory aspects

  • Dispensing and application issues – “the last 100 yards”
  • Movement of devices into the home (hospital-to-home)
  • Distributed supply chains
  • The development and location of micro-factories

The overall budget for the call is £312k at 80% fEC, with 3-6 studies being funded.

The deadline for submissions is 17th July 2015. Details of the call can be found here.

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Results of the 3DP-RDM feasibility study competition

As previously reported, 34 submissions across a wide range of disciplines were received in response to our call for feasibility study proposals. Following a rigorous review process, we are delighted to announce that the following four studies have been selected for funding:

  1. Investigating the Impact of CAD Data Transfer Standards for 3DP-RDM – Dr Eujin Pei, Brunel University
  2. OPTIMOS PRIME: Organising Production Technology Into MOst Responsive States – 3D PRInt Machine Enabled Networks – Prof. Duncan McFarlane, University of Cambridge, and Edinburgh University
  3. The enabling role of 3DP in redistributed manufacturing: A total cost model – Dr Martin Baumers, University of Nottingham, and University of Oxford
  4. Redistributing Material Supply Chains for 3D printing – Dr Matthias Holweg, University of Oxford

Congratulations go to the teams that submitted these proposals. We’ll provide more information on the blog about each of these projects in due course.

We’re disappointed that we couldn’t fund more than these four projects. However we will be running a second feasibility study competition in 2016 and hope to receive further high quality proposals.

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