[A continuing series profiling the inventor-members of Make.Work.Space.]

One of the things about creating a home for “modern inventors” is that you can’t predict what they'll be inventing, let alone what that looks like in terms of resources required, and tools and equipment used. Obviously, modern inventors are inventing the future, which means you just can’t know. And that’s the fun of it: every time we receive an inquiry, we marvel at the range of things people are creating and inventing and the creative ways they see using Make.Work.Space for their work.

Sometimes, what inventors are creating are fully-formed products. Other times, it’s the creation of a mold for manufacturing the product elsewhere, or the development of a part to modify a piece of equipment they already have. Yet other times, it’s to create a way to test products. And sometimes, it’s a combination of all of the above.

Case in point: Medical Device Development (MDevDev), which specializes in medical device product development, device prototyping, quality control, biomechanical testing, engineering, and testing for regulatory approval.

Based in San Francisco, it was founded in 2015 by a medical researcher who’d headed collaboration at the renowned University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and works with clients including established medical device companies, hospitals, and startups. Most of the devices are implants for orthopedics and dentistry where clinicians are often able to see the gap between patient needs and readily available devices, but often don't have the time or equipment to create their own solutions.

While MDevDev often leads the development of products, they'll also work with companies to test and validate what they’ve created.

And that’s what they were doing for their inaugural project at MWS. Seeking a turnkey space with advanced equipment, the MDevDev team turned to MWS. There, they found an ideal facility in which to quickly manufacture a part with which they could assess the effectiveness of a device designed by their client.

The team was led by Richard Reddi, a biomechanical engineer with a Masters from UC Berkeley. “At MWS, we were designing fixtures to assemble a knee joint simulator. The goal was to create fixtures that would mimic the mechanics of the knee joint.”

For the project, the team focused on MWS's extensive suite of metalworking tools, including:
  • Manual mill with digital read-out for prototyping and testing of designs
  • 3D modeling software for preparation of existing product models and creation of CNC programs
  • Haas mill for shaping and boring of aluminum parts for development of the final product
While we knew we couldn't predict what would be invented in our space, we could envision the kinds of relationships we'd have, and the partnership between MDevDev and MWS is just one great example of the relationships we hope to nurture.  

Being able to work with companies like MDevDev allows MWS to play an integral role in innovation and invention - for the greater good.

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