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Showing the art of the possible at the Alder Hey Children's Hospital Festival of Innovation

Recently the team from STFC’s advanced manufacturing facility, at Daresbury Laboratory, took part in the first Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Festival of Innovation.

It was a fantastic opportunity to engage with medical experts - from doctors, nurses and biomedical scientists, to innovation experts and families – all in an effort to engage and generate ideas for our next generation of medical technologies.

Showcasing the 3D printing capabilities available here at Daresbury Laboratory, the team joined forces with immersive technology specialist Imagin3D, also located at Daresbury Laboratory, which was showcasing its Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities. The aim was to show the art of the possible, and how these technologies, particularly in combination, can be used for the healthcare and medical sectors.

The capabilities of virtual or augmented reality are increasingly being used alongside 3D printing to develop both virtual representations of new ideas, as well as physical, tactile prototypes.

Dave Bogg, Manager of STFC’s advanced manufacturing centre said: “With the 3D printing facilities and capabilities we have at Daresbury Laboratory we can enable rapid prototyping of complex designs on a project-by-project basis, enabling cutting-edge innovation without the need to buy or pay prohibitively high prices. This, combined with VR and AR technologies, can dramatically reduce cost and time to market for innovations in any industry, and particularly in the medical field.  We were thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase these capabilities with medical staff and innovation experts at Alder Hey, and to find out more about their needs and challenges and how we could help overcome them.”


3D printing capabilities at Daresbury laboratory enable rapid prototyping of complex designs on a project-by-project basis. Further information at the website

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Last updated: 05 July 2019


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