Design and development of a medical product using 3D technologies: Scalp cooling cap design case study

Ertu Unver, Christian Sorbie, Robert Silkstone, Michail Kagioglou, Richard Paxman, Patrick Burke

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Hair loss is a well-known side effect of many chemotherapy regimens, with many patients claiming it is the most traumatic aspect of their treatment. Scalp cooling provides the only real alternative to hair loss resulting in a high level of retention or complete hair preservation, improving patients’ selfconfidence and creating positive attitudes towards treatment. The aim of the project was to redesign a scalp cooling cap so it fits patients better, it also had to be mass-produced and have an improved flow pattern of the coolant that cools the head. The new cap uses 3D printed tooling technologies and will pave the way for mass manufacture using lightweight silicone sheet so the scalp cooling cap is soft and flexible—providing a snug, comfortable fit during treatment moulding to all head shapes and sizes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges for Technology Innovation: An Agenda for the Future
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing (S2M 2016), October 20-22, 2016, Lisbon, Portugal
EditorsHelena Bartolo, Fernando Moreira da Silva, Filipa Roseta, Paulo Bártolo, Rita Almendra, Henrique Amorim Almeida, Ana Cristina Lemos
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781315198101
ISBN (Print)9781138713741
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing: Challenges for Technology Innovation - An Agenda for the Future - University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 20 Oct 201622 Oct 2016 (Link to Conference Website )


ConferenceInternational Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing
Abbreviated titleS2M
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