Yesterday we had a visit from the good folks at Motivation in Bristol ( to discuss and brainstorm some initial thoughts and ideas on how we can capture raw data from tactilely measuring and assessing patients with a range of disabilities.  We came up with some interesting ideas and hopefully we can generate some low cost solutions they are able to test in the field.

In the below picture is one of my post docs, Wesley Essink, who is being assessed in terms of his posture to demonstrate how a therapist works with the patient. The difficult bit is to capture all this information in a coherent and useable fashion!


0- 1000mph in 55 seconds.

Last week I went to conference on Design for Additive manufacture, in particlaur looking at lattice design. The conference was held at the Bloodhound SSC headquarters in Avonmouth – Bristol.

This project brings out the 5 year old in me. To imagine something travelling at 1000mph is the stuff of pure science fiction, yet this is exactly what the brilliant team of the Bloodhound project are doing. Some of the stats are mind boggling and seem to defy the laws of physics. Some people say, ‘well what’s the point of travelling this fast?’. When I hear this it makes me think of what John F. Kennedy said about the Moon landings:

‘We choose to go to the Moon in this decade (1960’s) and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win..’

To push the boundaries of what is possible is to change the World. This project will do something that no one earth has every done and whats more, it’s British!

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Bloodhound SCC powered by a Eurofigher jet engine, a hybrid rocket engine and 500BHP supercharged Jaguar V8 combustion engine. 0 – 1000mph in 55 seconds!

‘Rocket Operate’

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SDM 2016

PhD candidate Mr Jack Barclay presenting his research at the 2016 Sustainable Design and Manufacture conference in Crete, Greece.

Exciting times for additive manufacture – the future of 21st century engineering!


Attempt 1

This is the first prototype of a full personalised prosthesis liner manufactured using Bath’s cryogenic CNC machining facility. Complete mould-less manufacture. Design to manufacture to realisation of personalised products in a fraction of the time. The next step is testing, validation on stump model examples, followed by real validation on patients. This is the aspect of research I like the most. – Synthesising of new research ideas, development and real testing!

Credit must also go to Mr William Mitchell – A final year MEng student conducting his final year project on this.