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Future of Design Thinking in Medical Devices: A Generative Design Approach

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    The demand for medical devices is rapidly growing with a forecast of global annual sales to reach nearly US$800 billion by 2030. But a one-size-fits-all approach in surgery often results in major complications such as infection, delayed or incomplete healing, and revision surgeries that contribute to diminishing clinical outcomes. A new approach with design thinking is now necessary to help solve these challenges. Researchers at University of Birmingham, Autodesk, Manufacturing Technology Centre (UK), and the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust have developed a novel design framework to create personalized knee implants from a CT scan using generative design for treating arthritis. This class will showcase how generative design can be implemented in an all-encompassing digital workflow to explore customized devices and make a positive impact to improve patient outcomes. The team will also discuss the fabrication of functional prototypes using cutting-edge manufacturing, post-processing, and validation techniques.

    Key Learnings

    • Discover the advantages of using Generative Design in Fusion 360 to enhance new product development in industry.
    • Learn how to implement generative design as a co-creator to produce bespoke components, and discuss the challenges associated.
    • Discover how to progress a digital design through to a functional prototype considering design-for-manufacture requirements.
    • Learn how to maximize the design freedom of additive manufacturing and CNC machining to improve efficacy with Fusion 360.