To design and build a working prototype of an intervention device tester. The device consists of a test bed, support table, and force measurement unit. The device was built by two teams of four students with a medical device industry client. My team completed the test bed and table while the other group focused on the force measurement unit. The prototype was completed as a part of the McGill University Mechanical Engineering Capstone Project.
The device is used to test axial forces exherted on intravenous catheters after insertion into different circulatory system models for simulation. The test bed maintains a water temperature at 37°C to approximate human body temperature.
My friend Richard’s got a great page on the design of the device.