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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

Here at ASTUTE 2020, we can support your business throughout this period of uncertainty. Our world-class academics and technical experts from across our strong Welsh Universities partnership are available to support you through research and innovation activities. If you wish to discuss opportunities for working with us e.g. to modify your production to develop solutions to support the fight against COVID-19, you can contact us via email.


Image: Feasibility Study: Design and Manufacture of Concept Forceps

Feasibility Study: Design and Manufacture of Concept Forceps

Business: DTR Medical

Result areas: Feasibility Study

Technology: Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Plastic Injection Moulding Simulation

Location: Swansea


Since 2005, DTR Medical has successfully manufactured sterile single-use products for the Medical Industry. One of the R&D activities focuses on product improvement to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage to bring production back into Wales.


The ASTUTE team was asked to perform a review of alternative materials which could be used in the existing product range. The ultimate objective of the company was to replace the forged steel forceps with polymeric without sacrificing mechanical performance. Manufacturing considerations, such as injection moulding simulations were also investigated. 


The project highlighted the need to maintain the use of steel for the load-bearing components within the forceps, whilst other components could be produced more economically via injection moulding. The project has led to further studies by DTR Medical, to investigate pressing and stamping technologies which could potentially result in a local supply chain.

“ASTUTE provides superb support for SMEs. The breadth of experience and technical expertise provided by the team, as well as their access to a wide range of equipment and resources, has helped us drive our technical development forward. Whilst we are not yet in a position to bring manufacture of our products back to Wales, this project has moved us several steps closer.”

- Andrew Davidson, Managing Director, DTR Medical Ltd.

Due to focus on Smart Specialisation, some of the expertise areas in the case studies might not be covered in the current ASTUTE 2020.