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Wales Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacture (CBM)

The Wales Centre for Batch manufacture (CBM) is a leading authority in Advanced Manufacture specialising in industry-focused advanced research, product development, and batch manufacturing facility.

CBM’s unique offering is delivered via an experienced development team, utilising state-of-the-art technology platform’s which includes 3D printing, scanning and low volume manufacturing.  CBM supports industry innovation across a wide range of disciplines and industry sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Medical and Dental.

CBM has gained British Standard ISO accreditation for both ISO13485:2016 (Design & Manufacture of Custom-Made 3D printed surgical guides and implants intended for end-user sterilization) and ISO 9001:2015 (provision of a design, prototyping and small batch manufacturing services). Using these standards CBM has developed implant solutions enabling the significant reduction in surgical times and dramatically increasing the success of clinical outcomes in the veterinary field. Patient specific implant systems cover limb sparring systems, angular limb deformity correction systems, mandibular implant systems and tailored spinal stabilisation systems.

Through this research and consultancy, CBM has developed key working relationships with world leading veterinary referral centres and surgeons in various disciplines, being involved in the design and manufacture of over 120 successful patient specific implant systems.  In the veterinary sector, collaborative research has seen outputs on the design and development of bespoke surgical devices for the efficient treatment of osteosarcoma in large breed dogs, and the creation of bespoke orthopaedic implants for small dogs. Additional research has included the design and production of prosthetic devices for dogs.

The Centre attracted very significant investment in 2018 with funding secured from Welsh Government (WEFO / ERDF) for the RD&I Advanced Design Engineering operation. This team has worked with over twenty SMEs in the area of additive manufacturing technology adoption.  The Centre is also currently running two large CPD programmes with funding from the European Social Fund. Industry 4.0 and International Innovation Masters which are delivered alongside the research-based ADE, as part of a suite of MADE Cymru projects. These are extending CBM’s research reach and interaction with industry in Wales.

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