Webinar: Manufacturing and Sustainability in Orthopaedic Bioengineering

Heather Baid
Heather Baid • 1 December 2023

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is hosting a free webinar on Mon 4 Dec afternoon with topics related to sustainable manufacturing for orthopaedics.

Registration and overview -



Monday, 4 December 2023


Chair’s opening remarks

Rosti Readioff, Assistant Professor, Materials, Design and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Liverpool


The Importance of In-Situ Monitoring in the Sustainable Manufacture of Orthopaedic Implant

Hay Wong, Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Department of Materials, Design and Manufacturing Engineering,

School of Engineering, University of Liverpool

  • Metal 3D printing is gaining popularity for the manufacture of orthopaedic implants.
  • The 3D printing process has great benefits for low-volume production of bespoke components. However, it is also prone to part defects and process anomalies.
  • In-situ 3D printing monitoring is critical for a sustainable and ‘First-Time-Right’ manufacturing process.


Question and Answer Session


Can polymorphic moulding achieve zero waste manufacturing for orthotics and custom-made medical devices
Josh Shires,  CEO/CTO, Fyous

  • How orthoses are currently made
  • The stats on the NHS and custom-made footwear
  • How Polymorphic Moulding will reduce waste in the orthotics industry


Question and Answer Session


Sustainable orthopaedics through behaviour change, systems thinking and collaboration

Heather Baid, Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton

  • Sustainable healthcare principles and practices
  • Behaviour change and systems thinking for sustainable orthopaedics
  • Engineering collaboration with other disciplines to promote sustainability  


Question and Answer Session


Materials usage, the circular economy, and opportunities of drive change in the Orthopaedics and wider clinical setting

Dipak Sarkar, Associate Professor, Materials Science, University of Brighton

  • Materials used
  • Wastes generated and impacts
  • Strategies for recycling/reduce and waste reduction


Sustainable Orthopaedics: Eco-Design for a Greener Future

Lena Cordie-Bancroft, Knowledge Solutions Sector Lead, Medical Devices, BSI

  • Eco-friendly design principles
  • Incorporating circular economy in orthopaedic device life cycle
  • Overview of standards and regulations supporting sustainability


Question and Answer Session


Point of Care 3D Printing of PEEK for Orthopaedic Applications

Steven Kurtz, Director of Implant Research Core, Drexel University

  • Bioactive PEEK filaments, e.g., BCP PEEK are commercially available
  • Silicon nitride blended PEEK is technically feasible, in early stages of development
  • Technology for FFF porous PEEK implants has advanced to commercialization
  • International standards needed for FFF PEEK implant production (especially at POC)



Question and Answer Session


Chair’s closing remarks

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