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October 28, 2020 Wednesday 03:21:58 PM IST

3D printed neck collar shortlisted for Design of the Year

International Edu News

A UCL clinical researcher who developed an innovative 3D printed neck collar, helping transform the lives of people with serious neurological disorders, has been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Beazley Designs of the Year 2020’. Dr Luke Hale (UCL Surgery and Interventional Science) is the lead designer behind an innovative workflow process, which combines 3D scanning, procedural design and 3D printing to create personalised support braces.

The braces’ unique form is derived from an algorithm that mimics the structure of the body’s bone and tissue, creating a collar that is light, strong and more comfortable for the patient. The workflow process is also more responsive to patient feedback than traditional methods of manually casting, sculpting and moulding plastic, and is far quicker; it can be done in just one hospital visit.   

Dr Hale’s design, the Biomimetic Collar, has been shortlisted in the Product category of the annual awards, run by the Design Museum, London.

(Content and Image Courtesy:https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2020/oct/3d-printed-neck-collar-shortlisted-design-year)