The MAMRC were consulted at this stage for their wealth of experience in delivering devices for the healthcare sector

Part of the University of Sheffield AMRC, the Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (MAMRC) combines cutting-edge manufacturing technologies with world-class research and development and access to clinical expertise.

With close links to the University of Sheffield’s academic and clinical resources, and drawing on the wealth of knowledge developed at the AMRC for high-value sectors such as aerospace and automotive, the Medical AMRC aims to revolutionise the UK’s healthcare technology industry.

Our team includes experienced mechanical and electrical engineers, software specialists and product designers with a wealth of experience in medical R&D. Together, they work closely with manufacturers to push the limits of current technologies and create new possibilities.

Their core capabilities include mechanical and electrical design, prototyping and verification, design for manufacture, and visualisation. They can also draw on the wealth of expertise and resource across the AMRC and the wider High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Their workshop within the AMRC Design Prototyping and Testing Centre includes state-of-the-art equipment for high-precision machining processes such as micro-milling and medical-grade grinding, surface finishing, and additive manufacturing (rapid prototyping) in plastics and metals. They also have clean room facilities, and advanced analytical tools including CT scanning and high-resolution metrology.

Other project examples include investigating new materials and medical processes, designing innovative orthopaedic surgical devices, 3D printed metal implants, and developing innovative mobility aids for disabled people.

The Medical AMRC is supported by the Catalyst Fund, managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Facilities were also part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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