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Sarah Kelly B.Eng Biomedical Engineering

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PhD Student

PhD student Sarah Kelly, originally from Dublin, Ireland is currently looking at developing robust design rules relative to the structural integrity of Additively Manufactured orthoses, in order to bring the digitised splinting process closer to realisation. This research is to follow on from previous research carried out at Loughborough University by Paterson (2013).


Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at Dublin City University, graduating with a B.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering in 2014. Her final year dissertation was titled “The Design of a Wrist Splint for Manufacture using Rapid Prototyping Techniques.


She started her PhD studies at Loughborough Design School in October 2014.

Sarah is currently a member of the Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group. 

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 3D scanning, CAD and digital manufacturing processes such as laser cutting and CNC machining. The group feeds into Loughborough University’s campus-wide Additive Manufacturing Research Group.

Sarah is also a member of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. 

The primary objective of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing (3D) is to produce research leaders to tackle the major scientific and engineering challenges over the next 10-15 years in enabling additive manufacturing and 3D printing to play a prominent role in manufacturing, providing the people and talent to fuel this new industrial revolution.

The CDT in AM and 3DP is backed by the EPSRC Centre of Innovative Manufacturing in AM, and brings together the UKs foremost AM research institutions to generate the next leaders of this exciting technology.

Design rules for additively manufactured wearable devices

Biomedical Engineering, Additive Manufacturing, CAD, FEA, Mechanical Testing