axial3D in conjunction with Ulster University (UU), has been awarded an Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) grant that will accelerate the development of its ground-breaking 3D printing application for healthcare. The KTP grant will allow axial3D to dramatically improve its online ordering platform – axial3D insight. Using emerging technologies like advanced image analysis and visualization techniques together with machine learning, the project is bringing improvements to the axial3D insight conversation of patient specific 2D images into 3D printed models. This functionality will enable even more realistic representations of the anatomy, improving the ordering process for surgeons.Collaboration is key
Dr. Justin Magee, a UU Senior Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts and Technologies, brings a wealth of experience in commercial product design to this partnership. With a Ph.D. in 3D digital modeling of spinal posture, Justin has been involved in a number of research projects focussed on the visualization of medical data. Dr. Shane Wilson, an award winning educator, leads the Serious Games and Virtual Worlds team at UU School of Computer Science. Shane brings significant expertise in software development specifically visualization in 3D and has extensive experience in gaming, bringing models to life. Dr. Magee and Dr. Wilson have been involved in numerous innovative research projects internationally. In this project, the team will also be focusing on User Experience (UX) and how to best meet the needs of axial3D customers. The project is anticipated to generate significant advancements in the display of radiological and anatomical information and deliver productivity improvements to the ordering workflow. This will enhance how clinicians visualize and annotate their patient’s 3D anatomy for ordering their bespoke 3D printed model. Niall Haslam, axial3D CTO, commented on this image visualization KTP grant with UU,
“By building on the relationships and accessing the expertise from academia we can quickly incorporate the latest research and evolving technologies into our services. Employing continuous delivery methodologies to drive constant improvement is a founding principle for us at axial3D. It provides an exciting pace of change as features are quickly prototyped, tested and validated in production delivering ever-improving customer experiences.