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August is often a quiet month in the business calendar with many clients and suppliers taking annual leave. However, this summer we are thrilled to welcome Matt Beamish and Rhydian Dobbin. Matt joins us after completing a BEng in Product Design Engineering at Loughborough University, and Rhydian joins us after completing a MSc in Product Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The new team members will help build upon the electro-mechanical engineering knowledge within the company – enabling us to work across a greater variety of projects in the medical, consumer and industrial sectors.

During his final year of study, Matt developed an affordable Child Restraint System (CRS) that had a target retail price of £150; approximately £90 cheaper than the average car seat currently on the market. Using a systematic approach to value engineering, Matt designed-out materials and components that added weight and cost to the final assembly whilst ensuring that the car seat satisfied the necessary safety standards and comfort ratings. The final design incorporated: an ISO fix system; 5-point harness; installation indicators; adjustable headrest; 4-position recline; as well as EPS protection.

A major part of Rhydian’s post-graduate study, was the development of a custom fit 3D printed lower arm cast that leveraged near-infrared light therapy in order to accelerate the healing of fractures. Light therapy is an established method that assists with the recovery process; however, it can not usually be applied to the injury until the cast has been removed – approximately 6 weeks after the fracture occurs. The chosen printing technology was FDM (Fuse Deposition Modelling), which enabled a new antibacterial and antimicrobial filament called Copper3D to be used. This made the 3D printed alternative a far more hygienic option when compared to traditional methods.