Investigation of Mass Customization within Healthcare Orientated Human Head Data Collection for Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia Prevention

Jonathan Binder, Ertu Unver, Caterina Benincasa-Sharman, Yang-En Yee, Aishwarya Bandla

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This commercially funded research is in contribution to goals set out in the Paxman Research and Innovation Centre, for enabling the development of a novel, environmentally friendly ecosystem for customised 3D-printed cooling caps ready for mass production. Without treatment ChemotherapyInduced Alopecia (CIA) affects 3.5 million patients worldwide and over 67,000 in the UK annually [1]. Scalp cooling is recognised as the only effective treatment for CIA prevention. Previous studies [2] show that the efficacy of this treatment relies on accurate cranial data so that designers can produce close-fitting scalp cooling caps. This research shows how a design research methodology can be adopted to meet the expectations of commercial partners. Relevant papers [3] focused on the human head size data, had the most impactful influence on this study so the research team could initially categorise human head sizes. Recent research [2] demonstrated personalised cooling caps are essential to improve Scalp Cooling success rates/efficacy to over 80% through perfect fit. Perfect fit requires extensive iterative research with multidisciplinary global healthcare professionals, scientists, and Designers. This research will establish a global data collection practice for industry 4.0 applicable Mass Customization (MC) practices for customisable wearable cooling technology utilizing human-centered parameters with a heavy focus on healthcare professional-orientated data collection. Earlier data was collected in the UK by the design teams [3,4]; this research collects data primarily from Singapore where protocols were developed to enable researchers beyond the design team to train healthcare professionals to lead this data collection in the design process for the first time. The results from this study are presented to validate the usefulness of this approach as a new method for designers to implement mass customisation through CAD of wearable devices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 20th Annual International CAD Conference
Subtitle of host publicationCAD'23
PublisherCAD Solutions
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2023
Event20th Annual International CAD Conference - Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 10 Jul 202312 Jul 2023
Conference number: 20

Publication series

NameCAD Proceedings
PublisherCAD Solutions
ISSN (Print)2769-8440


Conference20th Annual International CAD Conference
Abbreviated titleCAD'23
CityMexico City
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