Engineering Solutions QSTP LLC (ES) is proud to have worked with the world-class research team at Hamad Medical Corporation to design and manufacture a prototype adapter to enable surgeons to better utilise robots during minimally invasive surgery.
Robots can prove very effective surgical assistants by locating, rotating, articulating, and manipulating laparoscope cameras that are inserted into the patient’s abdomen during minimally invasive surgery. As these laparoscopes come in multiple sizes with different functionalities, there is a need for a versatile adapter that allows the surgeon to select the optimal camera and be able to interface it to the available robot and control it during the surgery.
ES in collaboration with HMC used 3D Computer Aided Design (3D-CAD) tools to design an adaptor and manufacture a prototype using 3D printing to prove the concept.
The 3D design provides the flexibility to allow additional laparoscopes and cameras to be easily interfaced with the adaptor. The 3D additive manufacturing technique facilitates manufacturing the adaptor with different materials: metals and plastics, for special applications.
HMC researchers are now using the adaptor in their leading-edge research and have obtained patents to cover the intellectual property created here in Qatar.