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Professor Richard Bibb

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Associate Dean (Research)

Professor of Medical Applications of Design

Professor Bibb graduated from Brunel University in 1995 with a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Design. He then ‎moved to the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research (PDR), based at Cardiff Metropolitan University to undertake doctoral research in Rapid Prototyping. This study involved the development of a computerised Rapid Prototyping selection system for designers in small companies.

After gaining his PhD in 1999 he remained at PDR to conduct research into ‎the application of advanced computer-aided design and product development technologies in medicine. ‎He established the Medical Applications Group at PDR to conduct collaborative applied research, engage ‎in knowledge transfer and commercially exploit findings. He rose to the position of Director of Research ‎for PDR before moving to Loughborough University in 2008.‎

During this period he also co-founded the Centre for Applied Reconstructive Technologies in Surgery and ‎helped to establish the International Conference on Advanced Digital Technologies in Head and Neck ‎Reconstruction and associated ADT Foundation and served as a Director of MediWales (the medical ‎technology forum for Wales). He also contributed to the establishment of Wales Institute of Research in ‎Art and Design.‎

Professor Bibb's primary area of research explores the effective application of advanced design and ‎product development technologies in medicine, healthcare, surgery and rehabilitation. This concentrates ‎on applied collaborative research conducted with clinical and industrial partners across the UK and ‎overseas. Other research interests include user centred design (particularly for medical and ‎rehabilitation products), effective application of Rapid Prototyping and developing design rules for ‎Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing.

DSP859 Industrial Design Major Project

DSC026 Final Year Design Practice

Research group: Design for Digital Fabrication

Established by Professor Bibb in 2014, the Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group (D4DF) focuses on ‎the aspects of design which support a range ‎of automated, computer-controlled manufacturing ‎processes to bring the virtual into physical reality, as well as the ‎psychosocial and economic impacts of ‎these processes. This research focuses on 3D ‎Printing and Additive Manufacturing technologies but also encompasses associated technologies such as 3D scanning, advanced CAD, laser cutting and CNC ‎machining. The group feeds into Loughborough University’s campus-wide Additive ‎Manufacturing ‎Research Group.‎

Professor Bibb's personal research focus is the application of advanced product design and development ‎technologies in medicine and rehabilitation. This research focuses on the use of medical scanning, reverse ‎engineering, CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing ‎in modelling patient anatomy, design / manufacture of prostheses, surgical planning and the design / ‎manufacture of surgical guides and the design and development of medical devices, surgical instruments ‎and rehabilitation products.‎

This multidisciplinary research is conducted in collaboration with radiographers, prosthetists, surgeons and ‎researchers from across the UK and overseas. This research has led to a number of pioneering ‎developments and has been published in many international peer reviewed journals and produced one ‎of the first comprehensive books on medical modelling in 2006, with a substantially revised second edition ‎published in 2015. This research has also been presented at numerous high profile international conferences.‎

New knowledge gained through this research is transferred into clinical practice through collaborations ‎with practising clinical departments and has also been transferred into other disciplines including Fine Art, ‎Archaeology and Forensic Pathology, leading to a number of successful long-term collaborations. For ‎example providing models of Ancient Egyptian mummy remains to the Mummy: the Inside Story ‎exhibition at the British Museum.‎

Whilst working as Head of Medical Applications at the National Centre for Product Design & Development ‎Research, Professor Bibb established a medical modelling service that has supplied services to over 60 ‎hospitals, research groups, museums and medical companies worldwide. The service continues to be ‎profitable and generates an income stream for PDR. The service has supplied thousands of medical models since 1998.‎

Much of this research is conducted through long-term collaborative relationships and led to the founding ‎of the Centre for Applied Reconstructive Technologies in Surgery (CARTIS). ‎Involvement in these collaborations also contributed to the establishment of the International ‎Conference on Advanced Digital Technologies in Head and Neck Reconstruction and the Advancing ‎Digital Technologies in Head and Neck Reconstruction Foundation.‎

Current projects‎

ArtiVasc 3D - Artificial vascularised scaffolds for 3D-tissue regeneration

CassaMobile – Mini-factories for customised products using local flexible production 

  • Bibb R, Eggbeer D, Paterson A, “Medical modelling: the application of advanced design ‎and ‎development technologies in ‎medicine”, 2nd edition, Elsevier (Woodhead), Cambridge, UK, ‎ISBN ‎‎978-1-78242-300-3‎

  • Paterson AM, Bibb RJ, Campbell RI, Bingham GA, “Exploration of additive manufacturing technologies ‎for the design and fabrication of custom-fitting wrist splints”, Rapid Prototyping Journal, 2015; 21(3): ‎‎230-243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/RPJ-10-2013-0099

  • Eggbeer D, Bibb R, Evans P, Ji L, “Evaluation of direct and indirect additive manufacture of ‎maxillofacial prostheses” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H, Journal of ‎Engineering in Medicine, 2012; 226(9): 718-728, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954411912451826

  • Bibb R, Thompson D, Winder J, “Computed Tomography Characterisation of Additive Manufacturing ‎Materials”, Medical Engineering & Physics, 2011; 33(5): 590-596, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meden‎gphy.2010.12.015  

Key areas of expertise: medical applications of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing; industrial design; Rapid Prototyping; Computer-Aided Design; advanced product design in medicine, healthcare, surgery and rehabilitation; prosthetics and orthotics; archaeological applications of 3D scanning, Computer-Aided Design and Additive Manufacturing.