In the last decades, the development of powerful real-time imaging modalities, such as Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Tomography (MRI) has led to a massive growth of the minimally invasive surgery. Many operations, even complex cardiac interventions, can be realized using keyhole surgery techniques. Nevertheless, only a limited, predefined spectrum of devices is available.
OPENMIND developed the first highly flexible process chain for the on-demand production of entirely customized minimally invasive medical devices
, enabling even the production of small batch sizes down to single batches in a continuous, automated and fully monitored process chain. The basic element of the production chain is the micro-pullwinding technology
, which is a FRP (fibre-reinforced plastics) production process.What’s more, the demonstrator devices of the OPENMIND, manufactured without any macroscopic metallic components, will be inherently MRI-safe.
The Openmind project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
(Grant Agreement number 680820). Nine partners from six different countries were involved: Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT (coordinator), Diribet spol. s.r.o., IRIS Innovation Research Industrial Sostenibility, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Nano4imaging GmbH, Blueacre Technology Ltd, Tamponcolor GmbH, Gimac International, ICS In-Core Systems