Bernard Guy

Lecturer – Industrial Design
Victoria University of Wellington, 139 Vivian St, Te Aro campus
bernard.guy@vuw.ac.nz 04 463 6291

Biography/Manifest

After spending over a decade in the oil and mining industry working with extremely heavy machinery, Bernard decided to apply his skills in the more human-focused field of medical simulation and equipment. Moving on from servicing XXL mechanical entities, his research focuses on improving or developing equipment meant to delicately ‘service’ humans and improve their quality of life.

Even though improving performance at an affordable price is worthwhile on its own, another important aspect of Bernard’s motivation is reducing the impact of the medical processes on the people. Traditionally medical procedures caused a certain amount of trauma to the patients. This trauma can have devastating short- and long term effects. Finding new methods of assessing and aiding patients that are less invasive and more respectful of the individual have determined his approach to research projects.

Research

He has seen how investments in R&D can improve large industrial productions and wants to enable the medical research field to do the same by developing new applications for 3D printing technology. Economics play an important role in the medical field too and with that in mind, multi-property additive-manufacturing offers interesting advantages.

His research not only utilizes the latest 3D scanning technology, 3D printers and CAD programs, it also pushes their boundaries and pushes for further development by their users and providers. During his career as specialist welder he had developed such an affinity and understanding of machines that enables him now to coax objects out of state-of-the-art commercial as well basic domestic printers that need to be seen to be believed. He’s our 3D print whisperer!

But all this research would be confined to the university research lab, if it weren’t for his close contacts to open-minded and innovative physicians, medical experts and healthcare providers. Through his teaching and research projects he aims to inform the students not only about the amazing new technologies available now, but also to educate them about their moral and ethical obligations towards the people they design for. And together they aim to make better lives.