Research topic: Realistic Patient Simulator for Surgical Applications
Funded by the Appearance Printing European Advance Research School, A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network, this research study is into a high-fidelity physical patient simulator for abdominal surgery developing methods to create realistic 3D printed models that simulate the look and feel of human abdominal anatomy for use in simulated surgical training. The project involves a unique creative combination of engineering and artistic (aesthetic) approaches facilitated through the involvement of experienced interdisciplinary research specialists in the project team. The expected outcomes of the research include a demonstration of a working methodology for the creation of realistic abdominal anatomy using 3D scanning, digital modelling and fabrication techniques. And a range of prototype designs and physical models, which can be tested in use within medical simulation scenarios.