A talented design student from the Black Isle will showcase her customisable prosthetic covers which allow the user the option to decorate and personalise their prosthetic casing.
Eilidh Earle-Mitchell (21), who is studying Three Dimensional Design at Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Gray’s School of Art, has unveiled the culmination of four years’ hard work at the annual Degree Show, which runs until Saturday, June 24.
Eilidh has developed a device which will allow users to either choose from an online service or upload a bespoke design to be printed on the device and then wrapped around the limb.
Her product concept has already been identified as being of interest for potential Intellectual Property (IP) protection by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise.
“I am interested in prosthetics and how to make them more aesthetically pleasing,” she said.
“We accessorise our bodies with jewellery, hats and scarves. We have different pairs of shoes to go with different outfits. So why can’t prosthetics be accessorised in the same way? Pro Aesthetic is about adding personality and individuality through customisable prosthetic casings.
“I set myself the challenge of developing an inexpensive product that is easily produced and allows the user to express their creativity through fully customisable templates or a selection of surface designs.”
Eilidh’s innovative project will go on display alongside more than 150 other students’ at the end of year show.
She highlights the opportunities to work abroad as one of her highs from her time at Gray’s.
She added: “I think for me the high of being at university was being given the chance to work abroad in Canada for the Victoria hand project. During my placement I was helping to design and 3D print prosthetics for third world countries. It was an amazing experience and helped to then further my studies into fourth year where prosthetics became my inspiration.
“Other highs from university was being able to learn a large amount of skills from very talented technicians and other staff at Gray’s.”
Eilidh is hoping to use the Gray’s Degree Show as the springboard to a successful career.
“I would like to study a masters course and carry on developing the Pro Aesthetic product and brand as an enterprise. I would like to keep working with new technologies and I hope to return to the prosthetic industry one day.”
The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, which is sponsored by BP for the fourteenth year, runs from June 17 to 24 and will showcase work by students of all disciplines.
by Rob Smith
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