In the late 80's shadowed and assisting the last remaining Glass Technician in the UK producing custom made lab equipment used in early medical research into HIV / AIDS. working alone in the basement of the South Bank University he requested I become his apprentice.
I learned a lot from him use a liquid in solid form where surface tension can shatter the piece when cooling, using industrial diamonds in finishing and hand skills which cant be learned from books, he was a calm humble gentleman to work alongside. (Diana, Princess of Wales campaigned for greater public understanding) in the 1980's Crack cocaine was introduced into the UK from the US and small glass pipes became associated with its use.
In the early 90's as a Technician dismantling the particle accelerator at the South Bank University, discovering a spectrum of colour lining the inside of the glass accelerator chamber, being the first to see inside light inspired my work technically and artistically, (Digital colour management) (daylight Analysis)
The Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI)
Became a Partner with the Hartree Centre in 2018 the Internationally recognised centre for Digital Medical imaging at the Daresbury Campus, the Nuclear Structure Facility (NSF) Ion beam Tower at Daresbury was involved in Dr. John Walker Noble Prize for Chemistry 1997 research on data collection using SRS Synchrotron Radiation Source (Science museum Bio link) discovered the harmful particles in vehicle exhaust emissions, and developed therapeutics treatments for Alzheimer's, and HIV/AIDS.
More recently the Hartree Centre removed the bottlenecks in global research simulating protein dynamics Folding@home in the development of patient free therapeutic for COVID 19 on their IBM Blue Gene/Q Blue Joule supercomputer / high-performance computing (HPC) multiple supercomputers to process complex and large calculations.
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 Brazilian opensource DICOM software the scanned objects where then 3D printed on the LGS's 3D Systems Projet 660 Pro and displayed at an Exhibition at the British Museum.
Watching the CJP ColorJet 3D Printer finish the build of objects which had not been seen in thousands of years, MRI scan to 3D print artifacts inside unopened Egyptian sarcophagus. National geographic.
In the Caribbean 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.
Affordable pre surgery model: Bespoke
2013 First tweet as 3D Printing Specialist at LGS was on 3D Systems Cloud based affordable $25 pre-surgery medical CAD models from DICOM scan data and was picked up by a presenter for Science Channel in the US.
As a 3D Systems Reseller for the Creative industries in London, Providing Technical Training, Servicing and consumables for the 3D Systems Projet 660 Pro, CJP ColorJet Printing formerly Z Corp. sand stone full CYMK colour 3D printing, Lic with Johanna Manai's DeskArtes 3D data Expert software. (trained in Oct 2001 at Birmingham university millennium point before Queen Elizabeth II official opening)
RP Rapid Protyping Development
Trained by 3D Systems top SLA engineers with the rare privilege, training Certificate signed by Chuck Hall inventor of SLA Stereolithography (National Inventors Hall of Fame), link. (see ENG). technology only found in high end industry, until over a decade later when the US patents expired and opensource based consumer devices started development in 2014.
Successfully increased the layer Accuracy of the 3D Systems VIPER si2™ SLA® system turning the £100k device into the Accuracy vertical resolution 0.0025mm found in devices costing £1m, (carried out for free) which was then distributed as an update to devices Globally reducing the cost of industrial SLA, used in Bio-mechanical engineering to build pre-op planning models and explain surgery to patients, specific ankle-foot orthoses, develop tools, if you use a asthma inhalers, nebulisers, or diabetes blood sugar testing devices chances are it was developed on it, as its still in use in education and medical design development across the globe.
Because of the strict confidentiality of medical data and design development here is a video of the Viper Si2 building an Amine Pokemon Pikachu courtesy of a Lab in Japan. link
Used by multiple verticals primarily in Aerospace, Automotive, in Bio-mechanical engineering to develop tools, medical devices and surgical planning models. granted Materilise Mimics Version 7.3, extracting bone and tissue density creating separate colour STL models. Case study of the Skull Models link,
Flew on last commercial flight along the IRAQ / IRAN boarder as airspace was closed the on Eve of Gulf War II after visited family friend in Dubai who's home connected with Red Star Belgrade the most successful football team in Eastern Europe in 1991 was the UN forensics investigation HQ into the attempted genocide (War Crimes) against the Muslim population in Bosnia Herzegovina, after the UN policy failings during the conflict.
Comedian Russel Brand at the time famously a Sex addict and heroin user hosted a comedy night, a comic dressed like a clown spent the evening insulting me, with the audience laughing, afterwards I spoke to Brand and told him my background and plans after upgrading medical pre-surgery technology and make it accessible to the third World countries, he then turned and said “and you where making fun of him”. its probably the last time I went to the pub. I had recently returned from Scotland where I helped plan and provide personal care for my grandmother who was a Spitfire repair engineer in WWII, one of the few owed so much by so many, and I had written the Industry White paper on Computer Aided design.
NHS Digital the national provider of information, data and IT systems for commissioners, analysts and clinicians in health and social care in England, hold a copy of the my industry White paper on CAD Computer Aided Design, designed to demystifying the technical terminology associated with the 3D CAD industry.
My ancestral home is in Saltcoats Ayrshire Scotland, my Grandfather while he was alive donated the ground floor of his home to the British Red Cross, today it is the NHS National Health Service Volunteer HQ for Ayrshire.
"In the hands of an Artist" Lee Dockstader 3D Systems Medical division
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) also to protect their hands, craftsman/woman often have their hands in their pockets because of cuts and burns which accumulate from years in the workshop.
Advised Hartree Centre on the design of an App for Alder Hey Children's Hospital the UK's first cognitive hospital, link an entertainment app designed to monitor children's wellbeing and physical health during their hospital stay, focused on Autistic children who may have communication issues or feel intimidated by medical staff, designed and share best medical practice. built on IBM Watson – the World’s first commercially available cognitive computing system.
Mental Health reform
Partnered with the Hartree Centre to improve Mental Health in the UK which was set out in the Queen’s Speech 2022.
Partner is a Chartered manager in Administrative management, and Leadership for health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, delivery and administration for children and young people with mental health, autism spectrum, learning disability, adults with drug and alcohol misuse and mental health diagnosis.
Involved in the personalisation pilot scheme in east london a known area of concern, designed to improve Mental Health care in the UK, safeguarding those who find themselves at a crisis point in their lives, personalisation is currently at the core of Mental Health act and Criminal Justice System reform in England.
Dating back over the past 20 years family worked within mental health projects including @ease a website developed with support of Rethink Mental illness, funded by the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, stress in our daily life can manifest themselves in health issues, focused on providing support to young people going through issues for the first time, providing solutions through a database of contact details for organisations from local authority help lines, support charities. I personally demonstrated the website to the Director of NHS Digital as the press where a no show, for GP's to provide patient support i.e dealing with Loneliness, Drug addiction, etc.
Reforms also introduces measures to address the disparity in mental health including autism being reclassified, national audits into BAME Black Asian Mixed Ethnicity wage gaps, and measures which tackle racial discrimination the 15 NHS National Health Services. (see Archt SAD seasonal affective disorder)
Multi-lingual Mental health care within personal and cultural context
The Hartree Centre has helped SME Oh My Mood to build a multi-lingual digital application called Context to assist healthcare providers in monitoring and treating mental health conditions. link
The Pharma industry is looking into ways to monitor and remind patients when and how to administer a prescribed medication, from antibiotics to anti-psychotics with current focus being on complicated Cancer trials when patients are sent home from hospital following treatment.
Reduce inflammation on the brain
Medicinal nutritional suppliment developed by DARPA and Oxford Uni to reduce inflammation on the brain, for the Armed Forces and Professional Athletes who sustain blunt force trauma to the head, concussion and secondary impact, i.e Sporting injuries, Vehicle accidents and IED's.
2015 Concept design for WIFI IOT internet of things prescription reordering system for next day delivery.
Had the honor of standing a short distance from the GOAT the Greatest Boxer Of All Time Muhammad Ali after he started showing symptoms of idiopathic Parkinson's, I have never seen so much respect shown by the public.
3D Printing in veterans Hospitals
The FDA authorises the use of certain alternatives to animal testing, including cell-based assays and computer models, an exemption from the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the safety and effectiveness of a drug.
Discussed creating a medical model making charity and a standard operating procedure SOP with media Accounts manager at KPMG and the company Director, I focused on technical White paper for model makers in the industry which used metal alloys the human body doesn't reject, and working alongside and benchmarking the Worlds largest retail 3D printing store (grass roots), became Mentor for Google Startups and partner with STFC Medical innovation cluster.
20 years on I'm so pleased to see the FDA and Materialise creating webinars.. 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.
Arranged 3D scanning of small object (jewellery 3D scanner) for training of medical professionals for the head of pathology at University Hospitals London.
During Covid Prof Persad link highlighted the need for low cost sustainable consumables and the current focus on medical personalised pre-surgery planning models using affordable consumer fused deposition modeling (FDM)
After being told everything has to be commercial in Trinidad: responded with look at recycling PLA plastic waste bottles Class 7 recyclable, extruding filament which they currently have the technology. (carried out for free) i.e. recent Dyson award winning humanitarian project Polyformer link The old 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, and materialise mimics point to close collaboration between 3D printing technician and Radiographers.
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.
RPS Neo® stereolithography
Founder and Director of RPS link, the British engineers behind the Neo® stereolithography device 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." June 2018
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, their are 6 Pharma companies in the World all brands are subsidiaries of.
Certificate in Bioprinting: 3D Printing human body parts, link
Stem Cells harvested from new Born's Umbilical cords, which are 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) and SLA Scaffold models are used to grow skin tissue of human ear lobs which are especially difficult for plastic surgeons to create as they require multiple operations to skin graft the three dimensional form.
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 test for possible reaction to drugs.
Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery
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) and at TCT Met the team at Within Medical software a 3D printing orthopedic implant design software that enables designers to create medical implants to aid osseointegration, a surgical procedure that aims to offer better quality of life and improved function and mobility to people who have had an amputation.
Member of IMechE Rapid Prototyping Manufactures Association (RPMA) Coventry University carried out and presented research on Arcam Electron Beam Manufacturing (EBM) and went on to establish MTC the National Advanced Manufacturing Centre. (See Eng)
During Pandemic a Asthma Call on air quality in schools: Advised them Pediatricians first look around a child's airways for signs of Glitter and Sand encase it has been inhaled, during play at school which can trigger breathing difficulties.
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 (carried out for free)
Limb damage can cause Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which can and lead to substance misuse, phantom pain can be relieved by helping the mind rationalize the missing limb by using a box with mirrors reflecting the other limb.
The BBC recently had its accreditation in Syria cancelled after linking the trade of an amphetamine called Captagon with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's family. reported Captagon is a highly addictive amphetamine-like drug that has plagued the Middle East in recent years.
I was present during the of MSF Doctors Without Borders anti landmine campaign shown in Cinemas.
In 2001 in the darkness of a Dubai film studio witnessed the final stages of post production to the MSF Médecins Sans Frontières Anti Landmine campaign. the highly respected Director personal produced every part wavering his fee and had not slept for days, some time later after upgrading the Viper sitting in the cinema to watch Lord of the Rings it was screened.
UN Ottawa Treaty: 35 nonsignatories include the United States, Russia, China, Myanmar, United Arab Emirates, Cuba, Egypt, India, Israel, and Iran. evident in casualties from the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. (Diana, Princess of Wales highlighted the issue of Landmines)
Large scale of prescription painkiller (Opioid) addiction, in the US, UK and Europe.
Psychotherapy / physiotherapy medical trials are taking place micro dosing medical grade psychedelic drugs, MDMA for depression and high level THC cannabis for chronic pain treatment, their are concerns this could lead to public misconception of the harm even prescription pain killers (opioids) can cause and Self-Medication illegal drugs.
The Pharma industry is in active pharmaceutical development using 3D printing to produce custom made tablets in an attempt to reduce opioid misuse and remotely produce pharmaceuticals, future importance of local lab drug testing.
As Psychiatric Nurse recently explained to me that drug induced psychosis is now common, gateway drugs lead to harder drugs and serous health and social issues of dependency and the high levels of violent crime associated.
High level THC cannabis which causes Psychosis, research carried out by NSF Rethink Mental Health (Circa 2000) was created in Europe by the Dutch who cross bread a strain from Afghanistan at a time the IRA was involved in the distribution of illegal drugs, cultural association lead to police stop and search racial profiling by the UK authorities, discriminating against Afro Caribbean communities, loss of a feeling of belonging. (NSF Rethink Mental Health Circa 2001)
Shut Up And Dance - Autobiography of a Crackhead 92 link
Retrieved the only Digital copy of RCA Royal College of Arts students PHD dissertation in Cybernetic Jewellery which had surface sensors monitoring the Heart rate and emotional state of the wearer, she became Prof of jewellery in Bangkok Thailand. Circa 2000