Innovations in Medical

Personalised care: medical industry 4.0

Behind often hidden commercial pioneering innovations in the entire process from CAD, 3D printing, manufacturing and marketing of personalised medical care.

Pioneering Rapid Prototyping

2003 Trained by 3D Systems top UK SLA engineers from Automotive (F1) and Aviation, with the rare privilege of having training Certificate personally signed by chief technical officer Chuck Hall (National Inventors Hall of Fame), registered patient holder for SLA and founder of 3D Systems, granted special status and not required to undergo SLA Beta tester training at 3D Systems HQ in the US. equivalent to an PhD.

Lightyear 1.3 and Buildstation 5.3 updates

While working in the Platinum industry highly secure environment Beta testin.

Successfully increased the Accuracy of the Viper Si2 turning the £100k device into the Accuracy of devices costing £1m at the time, which was then distributed as an update to devices across the Globe reducing the cost of industrial SLA.

Used primarily in Bio-mechanical engineering to develop tools, medical devices and surgical planning models. granted Materilise Mimics Version 7.3 on WindowsLic, from density of bone and tissue creating colour STL models.

3D Systems SLA conjoined twins pre surgery model.

Sept. 16, 2004, SLA Pre Surgery model in the hands of Dr. Ben Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, (Boston Globe Photo/Chris Gardner) illustration purposes.

Used primarily in Aerospace, Automotive and Bio-mechanical engineering where its used to develop tools, pre Surgery models Case study of the Skull Models link, the design and development of i.e. Patient specific ankle-foot orthoses, asthma inhalers and nebulisers, diabetes blood sugar testing devices by Bayer Healthcare link as well as other medicine and healthcare corporate brands, and currently still in use in medical design development link across the globe.

State of the Art medical research Centre.

Hartree Centre established State of the Art medical research and training Centre, Producing the highest detail computational model of cancerous cell ever produced.

Nuclear Structure Facility (NSF) visit 2017

Berkeley Lab: For certain kinds of cancer, the most effective therapy does not use x-rays or gamma rays but beams of ions.

The Nuclear Structure Facility (NSF), designed and built by scientists at Daresbury, and used intense ion beams to help reveal the properties of the atomic nucleus under extreme conditions. During its lifetime it accelerated 80 different ion beams in experimental use, protons to uranium, rare isotopic and radioactive beams.

The Cockcroft Institute, proton beam cancer therapy research

CI researchers are carrying out developments into particle beam based cancer therapy, including recently introduced trials of proton beam therapy which can penetrate 32cm at the CHRISTIE hospital, online dose monitor development with the Clatterbridge Cancer Center, and high energy electron radiotherapy R&D.

3D Printing process

Info graphics demystifying the stages of the 3D Printing process, in the shape of a volumetric Pixel, (Voxel) cube used in medical scans i.e. ultrasound DICAM data can be turned into 3d printable CAD model.

Design and 3d printing

The Crafts

In my spare time at school shadowed and assisting skilled craftsman i.e. one of the last technical glass blowers in the UK producing custom made lab equipment for the early medical research into HIV / Aids. he requested I become his apprentice simply starting with over 6 months learning to use hands equally, to ensure no surface tension with a liquid in solid form cooling can shatter glass if tension present before ever attempting make anything.

STFC Hartree Center: Medical developments

Partnership with the STFC Science and Technology Facilities Council, Hartree Centre link Since 2017 the National Centre for Digital Innovation established in 2013 with state-of-the-art Medical Training and Research Laboratory the UK centre of Supercomputing, AI and Quantum Computing.

Hartree Centre Business Development manager, Innovate UK

‘John Robertson has an international portfolio of innovation in design across multiple domains from Computer visualisation to physical materials’

VR model of stomach cramps virus, permission for photo granted by the Scientific team wishing to reveal their work.

Partner with the Hartree centre Since 2017 part of the STFC Daresbury laboratories which was involved in Sir John Walker research, which won the 1997 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for solving the structure of the F1 ATPase enzyme using the SRS at Daresbury link,

Discovering harmful partials in vehicle exhaust emissions, therapeutics for Alzheimer's, Aids/HIV, the first studies of BSE mad cow disease and many other medical advances, using CLARA, the Compact Linear Accelerator For Research and Applications, Streamlining early drug development Advanced Digital Design of Pharmaceutical Therapeutics ADDoPT.

VR model of stomach cramps virus, corkscrew shape, permission for photo granted by the Scientific team wishing to reveal their work.

Currently involved in research folding protein structures to develop patent-free antiviral therapeutics treatments on High Performance Computing (HPC) for patients who have contracted COVID-19, for [email protected] through Washington University Global computer network. helping design and generate potential therapeutics at speed by reducing needless testing in life sciences.

A team of scientists, coordinated by Daresbury Laboratory, redeployed their skills to look at producing and testing plans for an affordable, reliable and easy-to-operate ventilator which does not rely heavily on compressed gases and mains electricity supply.

Ashma treatment

Triggered review of medication after my 6yr old daughter was prescribed a treatment for Asthma by a Cuban pediatrician in Trinidad, that a senior nurse at Asthma UK described as not seen used for over 20 years in the UK as it was simply ineffective in acute cases, confirming credential with the Hospital. Using an action plan is one of the best ways you can keep your child safe and well with their asthma. Asthma and Lung UK action plan for children link

Advised on the design of App for Alder Hey Children's Hospital the UK's first cognitive hospital, designed to monitor children's wellbeing during their hospital stay and share best medical practice.

AI in Medical

AI Artificial intelligence is being used to automate assisting professional radiologists in Identification of Cancerous Tumors, also used to customise 3D modeling of Personal Care prosthesis (body parts) tailored to suit the patients anatomy i.e limbs.


Arranged 3D scanning of small object for training of medical professionals for the head of pathology at University Hospitals London.

MRI scan to 3D print

Bureau Printing service included processing MRI medical scan of an Egyptian sarcophagus, not disturbing the artifacts inside not seen for thousands, using free Brazilian DICOM software the scanned objects where then 3D printed on the company's 3D Systems Projet 660 Pro and displayed at an Exhibition at the British Museum.

Example: 2005 Addenbrooke’s Hospital CT for The Fitzwilliam Museum "Scans seemed to show some interesting carpentry"

Watching the Projet 660 pro finish the build of objects which had not been seen on touched in thousands of years, MRI scan to 3D print artifacts inside unopened Egyptian sarcophagus. National geographic.

A police officer mentioned in passing they found the coffins of three children, hope to have clearly documented here how they can be inspected without opening. quantum theory whats inside the box.

Social Media

Bespoke Pre-Op bone model - 3D Systems Projet 660 Pro

2013 First tweet as 3D Printing Specialist at LGS was on 3D Systems Cloud based Bespoke affordable $25 pre-surgery medical CAD models from DICOM scan data and was picked up by a presenter for Science Channel in the US.



Held Lunch and Learn event for the leading Pharmaceutical packaging design company, on the subject of Medical 3D printing and advances in Bio 3D Printing.

Pharmaceutical industry packaging rebranding, Flu Virus 4 colour logo 3D printed for launch event

Stem Cells harvested from new Born's Umbilical cords contain no DNA code and is a Blank canvas for DNA, and have many applications in Bio 3D printing in health care, Burns victims survival rate increase dramatically when Bioprinting skin is applied to Burns. (being turned into mobile devices)

SLA Scaffold with liver cell models pioneered at MIT with over a million cells have the potential to test new Cancer drugs on the patient own liver cells to check for possible rejection, and SLA Scaffold models are used to grow skin tissue of human body parts including ear lobs which are especially difficult for plastic surgeons to create as they require multiple operations to skin graft the three dimensional form.

DePuy Synthes

Invited to visit DePuy Synthes a franchise of Johnson and Johnson Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery production centre in Leeds, during clean room preparation for Electron Beam Manufacturing (EBM), invited to apply for Swiss medical device quality assurance.


Stages of making a 3D Print of infant size Heart


Designed dental practice in Dubai using latest Swiss Hygiene Research, the interior was without corners, or objects touching the floor for easy cleaning, tools and storage where in an adjacent room through a one way negative air flow system, reducing particles exposure from drilling to surfaces, as particles can potentially be Cancer forming when operating on bone.

FDA: 3D Printing in Hospitals

Veteran Hospitals
FDA Virtual Public Workshop 3D Printing in Hospitals link

Discussed creating a medical model making charity and a standard operating procedure SOP with media Accounts manager at KPMG and the company Director, So pleased to see the FDA and Materialise creating webinars.. with mentions to Materialise Mimics link, 3D Systems Geomagic link, Form Labs link, Ultamaker link and more.. Materilise Latin America describe as medical industry 4.0

Free software and consumables

Prof Persad link highlighted the need for low cost sustainable consumables and the current focus on medical personalised pre-surgery planning models using affordable fused deposition modeling (FDM), responded look at recycling plastic waste Class 7 recyclable, extruding filament which they currently have the technology. i.e. recent Dyson award winning humanitarian project Polyformer link also soft Yakult probiotics containers where used to create comfort fit for prosthetic limbs in Africa.

Prof Persad paper in the Caribbean medical journal link points to the need for training of Radiographers / Other Medical Professionals. Met a local ultrasound technician and discussed medical imaging DICOM file data, volumetric pixels called Voxels into 3D CAD model using STL file for 3D Printing, used for creating model of fetus for blind pregnant mothers to be.

Free Open source medical imaging link Software and Training for 3D slicer link and MeshLab link.

Google Campus: 3D Printing Mentor for startups

Became 3D Printing Mentor at Google Campus for Startups In 2014, met 3D Hubs Filemon Schoffer and Brian Garret discussing my pioneering 3D printing and technical publications, inspiring them to publish the 2017 Amazon bestseller engineering reference book: The 3D Printing Handbook: Technologies, Design and Applications.

Rapid Prototyping Support

Director of RPS link, the British designers and engineers of the Neo® stereolithography 3D printing Global leader in Polymer Additive Manufacturing Solutions, provider of industrial 3D printing hardware, material and support solutions, which drive industries to transform digital manufacturing and industrial production.


"We have been working with John Robertson of VerticesEdge Ltd several years, he is an industry recognised level of expertise in the following areas: Creative design Skills, Technical knowledge CAD Design, Additive manufacture, 3D Printing Colour."


Met a group of surgeons from King's College Hospital - NHS Foundation Trust who explained they where never allowed to do the things I was doing (6 stages of checks before any change can be made in medical) and to also protect their hands, the craftsman's hands are often in their pockets because of the burns from cleaning FDM hot extruder head's and scares which accumulate from years of training in the workshop.

Industry benchmarking

Chuck Hull invented 3D printing and founded 3D Systems 39 years ago, 3D Printing was largely used within industry, when the patients began to expire around 10 years ago consumer FDM i.e. Makerbot and SLA i.e. FORM1 devices soon appeared on the market. link and the media hype that surrounded them.

Delivered lunch and learn sessions for the creative industries, professional experts within their own fields who wished to understand the technology and its practical application within their own industry, an open discussion entitled Hype vs Reality.

Involved in British and international bench-marking reports, sharing findings and implementing good practice from the reports findings in 3D Printing: Queen Mary University of London and the Banking Sector.

iMakr Case Study

Case Study of iMakr (LGS Business Partner 2013-2016) World's largest consumer 3D printing retail store.

Middle East: Maker Space prosthetic limbs

Sept 2015 sent training material to the organisers establishing a Maker Space for the manufacture of prosthetic limbs for the 80 thousand+ amputees from the conflict in Syria, in the Worlds largest refugee camp located in Jordan and Turkey. refugee openware link

Middle East Maker Space

Losing a limb can create phantom pain which can lead to substance use, a box with mirrors reflecting the other limb, can relieve the mind which is trying to rationalize the missing limb.


Invited to China to present 3D Printing success stories at conferences, followed by invites to cities across Asia, the Middle East and Europe. global news organization dedicated to providing the latest news, trends and analysis in the 3D printing industry.

Robertson has managed to balance exhibitions and creative projects whilst somehow working in every corner of the technical 3D printing world—a rare feat in a field that sometimes appears split between the techies and the creatives.

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