Renishaw plc, global precision engineering company has recently declared a new Healthcare Centre of Excellence at its Miskin site, located close to Cardiff, South Wales. The Centre, which was formally opened by The Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales, provides a facility for the manufacture of custom medical devices, as well as education and training for the life sciences community.
The Renishaw Healthcare Centre of Excellence is a unique facility that highlights the company’s continuing technology advances for the healthcare sector, including patient-specific implants, dentistry and neurosurgery. It contains a mock non-sterile operating theatre and facilities for education, training, workshops and lectures, plus a facility for the manufacture of class 3 custom medical devices produced on Renishaw metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) machines.
The mock operating theatre suite within the Healthcare Centre of Excellence mimics a real-life hospital setting, but without the complication of a sterile environment. In the state-of-the-art suite, which is lead-lined to enable X-ray use, surgeons can be trained to perform highly complex stereotactic neurosurgery procedures using the Renishaw range of neurological products. The suite also includes video and audio technology that allows the live streaming of training to the adjacent lecture theatre or to the neurosurgeon’s support team that may be located in another country. The manufacturing facility within the Healthcare Centre of Excellence produces custom medical devices under an ISO13485 quality management system.