Introducing the McGowan Medical Device Prototype Laboratory

Untitled2015The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine is pleased to introduce the McGowan Medical Device Prototype Laboratory (MMDPL).   Through their unique capabilities, Laboratory staff members are assisting clinicians and engineers with the translation from concept to functional prototype of clinically significant devices and instrumentation.  By using the team’s experience in the utilization of advanced engineering tools and manufacturing processes, their unique implementation strategies will form a novel bridge network of facilities to streamline the “Insight to Product” process.

MMDPL members will apply their extensive design and manufacturing experience to conceptual ideas by providing documented design and efficient manufacturing processes and procedures.  They will also provide an initial prototype of the device for testing, including intellectual property documentation and disclosures for the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Technology Management.

MMDPL design tools include:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
    • Pro-Engineer, SolidWorks
    • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Computer Aided Analysis (CAE)
    • Pro-Mechanica, Comsol
  • Design for Manufacturability (DFM)
    • Engineering Resource Planning

Typical project documentation includes:  2D and 3D drawings, details for manufacturing planning, documentation of specific parts and components, standard operating procedure documents, detailed design technology transfer, bill of materials, and cost estimates.

The MMDPL staff is available to review your concept and discuss the transformation of your idea to a functional prototype using the state-of-the-art design and fabrication resources of the MMDPL.  MMDPL contact is Brian Frankowski (, 412-383-7296).  This resource is available to all McGowan Institute affiliated faculty as well as other scientists and clinicians across the campus.

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McGowan Medical Device Prototype Laboratory