Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (PIL)

Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (PIL)
Rua General Norton de Matos
2430-028 Marinha Grande
Portugal

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Artur Mateus

Dr. Artur Jorge Santos Mateus

Phone:+351 244  569 441
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Project staff

Mr. Artur Jorge dos Santos Mateus

Dr. Nuno Manuel Fernandes Alves

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Pedro Gil Morouco

Dr. Pedro Gil Frade Morouço

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IPLeiria is a public institution of higher education, at the service of society, dedicated to the production and diffusion of knowledge, creation, transmission and diffusion of culture, science, technology and arts, applied research and experimental development. With more than 900 teachers, 12.000 students, and modern facilities and equipment, IPL comprehends several research units, one of which the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (CDRsp).In December 2008, this R&D unit was evaluated as ‟Excellent‟, the highest level awarded, in the last Research Assessment made by an International Panel for the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. This classification placed the Centre among the main National Research Units, being one of the 3 with highest rate in the field of Mechanical Engineering. The main research areas of CDRsp include Additive Biomanufacturing Techniques, Advanced Materials for Rapid Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing, Biomimetic Design, Computer Aided Design of Tissue Engineering Scaffolds, Reverse Engineering, and Sustainable Product Development. CDRsp is a multidisciplinary group of about 80 researchers with competences in biology, material science, engineering, chemistry, biomechanics, computer sciences, mathematics, and physics, and is involved in several R&D projects at national, european and international level, strengthening partnerships with companies and other education and research institutions.

CDRsp brings to the project its expertise in the fields of biofabrication and mould design and fabrication. The Centre has been developed a wide range of laboratorial and industrial devices and equipment’s such as testing cells for X-ray in situ characterisation, injection moulding (TIM and RIM) laboratorial devices (both thermoplastic and thermosets systems), additive biomanufacturing systems, such as the bioextruder process (to process biocompatible thermoplastic and thermoplastic/ceramic composites.