Two Mayo academics based at NUI Galway have played a leading role in creating and launching a new Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme project.
The aim of the initiative is to facilitate any company in accessing the latest skills and expertise from Irish research institutes.
Loci Orthopaedics Ltd is the other partner in the programme which focuses on the creation of 3D-printed orthopaedic implants.
Ballina native, Dr Noel Harrison, is programme director for NUIG’s Degree and Masters in Mechanical Engineering and developed the OsteoAnchor technology at the centre of the project.
A past pupil of Culleens NS on the Killala Road and St Muredach’s College, Dr Harrison explained that, in addition to informing local industry of the university’s capabilities for collaborative research, the project also showcases the advanced mechanical engineering facilities available at NUIG to school leavers interested in further studies in this field.
Dr Harrison continued that the project is particularly significant as it is the first to make use of the college’s state-of-the-art metal 3D printer.
Dr Eimear O’Hara, project research fellow, is also a native of North Mayo. Eimear is from Lacken and studied at Killala NS and Lacken Cross Secondary School before obtaining a Degree and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway.
“I’m very excited to directly work with industry on this novel medical device project, utilising the unique design freedoms of metal 3D printing and our knowledge of the printing process and materials,” she said. “It is fantastic to be able to design, manufacture and test novel orthopaedic devices in-house, thus enabling local start-up company growth.”