Medical Device Design

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Our team has experience of working in the following areas:

Diagnostic Devices
Intravenous
Prosthetics
Respiratory
Sharps Disposal

Success Factors

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Case Study: PulmonIR

PulmonIR is a medical technology start-up. The company was established in 2016 with the purpose of exploiting intellectual property that had been created as a result of research undertaken at Swansea University. The company secured an InnovateUK Investment Accelerator Award in order to create a functional diagnostic device.

The challenge involved creating a high level functional prototype that seamlessly integrated mechanical product design; electronic controls and a MEMS based infrared spectrometer to clearly demonstrate the product benefits. The device is intended for use within clinical and laboratory environments; a strong focus was placed on minimising product size so that the footprint was limited.

The functional medical device incorporates a MEMS based infrared (IR) spectrometer. This enables users to deposit a sputum sample in to a collection tray and insert it in to the unit. The IR technology can identify specific wave patterns associated with lung cancer and provide an indication of whether a patients needs to be referred for a CT scan to confirm the presence of the disease.

A Selective Laser Sintered (SLS) enclosure was produced and finished using durable gloss black and satin white paint. Custom metal work enabled the touch screen display, control PCB and IR technology to be firmly held in place. Furthermore, the device demonstrates first class design practices as the product can be fully dissembled and recycled after its life-in-service. To see the result of this project, please click here.

Our Approach

  • Foresight

    We will clearly define the scope of your project. Understand the target user group and identify any potential technical, commercial or intellectual property barriers that may prevent your product from getting to market.

  • Concept

    We will generate an array of design ideas that address your project brief and present them in digital sketch format. A strong focus will be placed on adding value to the product by understanding the user’s needs.

  • Development

    A preferred concept will be developed in order to create a refined design solution. Even at this early stage, we will consider the intended manufacturing process; material; finish; assembly process; and disposal method.

  • Detail

    Once a final design has been selected, we will create a detailed 3D CAD model of your product. If your device requires custom electronics, this will be developed concurrently to the mechanical element of the design.

  • Prototype

    Using the latest technologies, we can build a full working prototype of your product. Such a high fidelity demonstrator can be used to communicate the product benefits to investors and obtain quality user feedback.

  • Optimise

    This phase is dedicated to preparing your product for manufacture; ensuring that all 3D CAD models are fully optimised and that critical to quality (CTQ) features are properly specified using an engineering drawing.

  • Certify

    It is likely that your product will require accreditation, which can be obtained from a number of certified bodies following rigorous testing. We can advise on relevant third parties capable of supporting product approvals.

  • Manufacture

    We have established a network of manufacturing partners in the UK and Far East. Via this network, we are able to produce your product and supply it fully assembled and tested to a given standard of quality.

Gethin is an expert designer who provided some excellent design consultancy work for Olberon Medical Innovation. He is conscientious, personable and a professional individual. ITERATE respect your time-line and provide work of a very high standard. I wholeheartedly recommend their product development services.

Dr Arash BakhtyariCEO (Radiologist)Olberon Medical Innovation

How Can We Help?

We love working with ambitious clients, solving technical challenges and creating great medical products that achieve commercial success. If you would like to discuss your project, please email gethin@iterate-uk.com or call 01291 442181.