The Biomedical Device Design and Production lab of University Twente focuses on generating knowledge and expertise to cover the entire trajectory from a clinical need to clinical evaluation of a biomedical device including innovative designs, manufacturing, verification of Medical Device Regulation demands and circularity.
The lab is inspired by real clinical problems which are identified by observations and discussions within our extensive network of medical professionals. Our true ambition is to provide optimal and viable technical solutions to empower those who face physical or mental challenges in executing their medical profession or activities of daily life. In collaboration with industrial leaders and small and medium enterprises (SME), we develop ecosystems where viable biomedical devices are tested to comply with regulatory affairs and are valorized. Our team all shares a passion for sports and movement of the human body. We are fascinated by the possibilities which technology offers to improve health care and human wellbeing. As mobility is a key driver and contributor to healthy living and participation in society, we tend to focus on topics in orthopedics, but where possible extend concepts to other medical domains.
This clinically driven approach is the starting point for developing original design concepts. The two common grounds in our design methodology are :i) to strive for synergy between the user and the device to optimize performance, and ii) to diagnose and intervene as early as possible with minimal damage to the healthy tissues. Examples of devices are minimally invasive surgical tools, orthopedic (patient specific) tools and implants, implantable devices, point of care devices and assistive devices for rehabilitation.
This naturally implies that in our research, we focus on gaining extensive knowledge of the clinical problem, the user capabilities, the patient characteristics, and the clinical environment.
We are not afraid and in fact curious to look across our own domains and generate solutions by exploring and combining different technologies via a multidisciplinary approach. Key methods are mechanical and mechatronics design, mechanisms, static balancing, biomechanical, statistical shape and finite element modelling, 3D imaging and planning, 3D printing, ergonomics, computer assisted surgery. In this light, we enjoy sharing our knowledge with students and partners in various courses and joint projects.