Professor Richard Bibb
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.
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.