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Medical Prototype Development Laboratory

The Medical Prototype Development Laboratory consists of a small team of dedicated engineering technicians with a vast array of design and fabrication skills. This integrated team designs, develops drawing packages, and rapidly prototypes far-forward medical equipment in support of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command. The MPDL is capable of rapidly prototyping medical devices in a wide range of scales and variety of materials. These capabilities are also used to harden commercial-off-the-shelf components, equipment, and products for use in a field environment.

The MPDL personnel take pride in the innovative design and quality workmanship that has produced numerous products and several U.S. patents. Some of the Laboratory's recent successes include:

From Concept . . .

Treatment Table 3-D computer aided design and modeling
3-D computer aided design and modeling
Treatment Table Drawing/documentation, technical data package
Drawing/documentation, technical data package
  • One-handed tourniquet - used by injured Soldiers or medics to aid in the prevention of blood loss, limb loss or ultimately death
  • Universal Back Rest - a litter attachment designed to provide both forward and backward product compatibility for current and newly designed 7309 litters
  • Active Avoidance Device - tests the efficacy of treatment methods and drugs as they relate to traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • EEG Cages and Laboratory Equipment Shelves, TBI project - allow test rodents to be monitored and have their movement analyzed via motion controlled cameras to detect effects of treatment
  • Blast Device TBI project (2nd generation) - a test apparatus that produces a "standardized" wound to effectively determine efficacy of treatment methods and/or drugs
  • Sand Fly Aspiration Systems - provides laboratory technicians with a controlled method of aspirating/handling various-sized insects during repellent testing
  • Two-station glove box for repellent testing - provides an extra level of safety for workers when testing insect repellents. Its size facilitates working with smaller test devices in a controlled environment.
  • Anesthesia Delivery Device - aids laboratory personnel in the accurate administering of anesthesia to rodents in TBI research
  • Enzyme Work Station - a field deployable kit designed to work with a cell phone camera and a software application to analyze water toxicity and check water quality
  • YSI Water Quality/Monitoring Housing - used in the study of water quality testing
  • Cell Mixers - used by laboratory personnel to gently mix cells
  • Litter Adapters - used in conjunction with the C-130 Litter Stanchions to enable a secure mounting of the Talon 3 litter
  • Collapsible Litter Stand - has the same working weight and dimensions as the traditional litter stand when deployed, yet folds up to a size that fits into a backpack
  • Stokes litter basket/Kong-It Adapters - a specialized piece of hardware that adapts a COTS anti-rotational aerial lifting devise (Kong-It) to the Stokes litter basket.

With the Soldier in mind, the key principals that drive product design are: functional, simple to operate, compact, lightweight, easy to assemble (no tools), interchangeable and package in low-volume cube.

Treatment Table Prototype development and fabrication
Prototype development and fabrication

. . . to Completion

The MPDL's core capabilities are:

  • 3-D computer aided design and modeling
  • Drawing/documentation, technical data package
  • Prototype development and fabrication
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining
  • Precision sheet metal forming
  • Welding/fabrication
  • Chemical coating, cleaning and finishing
  • Technical data package development
  • 3-D printing for rapid prototyping
  • Laser Engraving

In an effort to provide U.S. Forces with innovative, useful, and relevant field medical equipment, the MPDL collaborates with various organizations within the medical community. This unique MRDC resource is instrumental in providing prototype design; fabrication; evaluation/testing; and fixes for products, components and systems.

View the MPDL brochure (PDF 3.1MB)

Last Modified Date: 06/20/2019