Biomedical diagnostic testing coupled with connected medicine is set to change the face of healthcare management. Increasing sensitivity and sophistication of assay platforms is enabling a step change in diagnostic monitoring, transferring it from the traditional professional lab setting into doctors' surgeries and homes around the globe. Applications range from the management of common chronic diseases, such as diabetes, to monitoring health and wellbeing or preventative screening. This presents a number of design challenges to our clients.
Connected medical device development is an area of expertise and focus at Marble. In an increasingly connected world, devices are no longer stand alone products. All product touch points need to be considered to ensure seamless integration with the entire service offering. Design must consider the entire system including; usability engineering, developing unique appeal, simplification of product and use concepts, miniaturisation of mechanisms, user interface design, software and electronics development, data management and transfer, and risk assessment. All working within the regulatory framework for the medical device.
An effective usability engineering approach requires a thorough preliminary analysis to ensure all users, environments, tasks and scenarios are considered in concept generation. Frequent and considered formative testing is undertaken throughout to ensure devices are safe, effective and easy to use, with risks and usage errors mitigated. Input and feedback during front end insight gathering and sketch concepts as well and the testing of physical prototypes and GUI is invaluable to ensure user requirements and regulatory obligations are met.
Having the right stimulus material at the right time is essential to ensure informed feedback and effective decision making. Thus enabling key product stakeholders, such as board members or investors, to fully understand the product proposal. Marble facilitates the development process by generating; sketches, block models, photorealistic renderings, high quality visuals and working prototypes. We utilise our in-house workshop and machinery, supplemented with a proven network of specialist suppliers.
Around 80% of the product cost is determined during the first 20% of the product development timeline. Successful product development means answering key questions correctly as early as possible. We undertake a full range of product development activities including DFM, DFA, FEA, mathematical modelling, mechanical engineering, CAD design, mouldflow, statistical tolerance analysis and testing. This ensures the design and assembly are optimised to meet design specifications, whilst eliminating inefficiency and waste for longer term commercial viability. We apply a tailored approach to every client and project to ensure it meets their specific needs.