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Exploded Render of Main ECG Unit

Here is all the internals of the ECG device. This consists of around 150 parts.

Exploded Render of Electrodes

Here is all the internals of the ECG Electrodes. The electrodes have been designed with end of life in mind where all of the components can be disassembled and easily recycled.

ECG Thermal Printer (Open)

If required, an in-built thermal printer can also provide an instant physical printout of the trace in the instance that the user is not connected to the internet.

Electrodes Positioned On User (Female)

When the electrodes are hosted on a user the internal LED's will begin to subtly glow, prompting the user when they have connected to the main device.

Charging Tray and Electrodes

The detachable tray, complete with 10 electrodes, is charged through copper pins and is magnetically held in place on the front of the main unit. To indicate the charge of the electrodes a glowing LED within the tray design lets the user know how much battery power is left for each electrode.

Chris Lambert

I am the type of designer who not only wants a product to look great, but also to solve the problem and be easy to use. My design approach is one of aesthetic designs, with manufacture and sustainability in mind.

I like to tackle real-world problems that can be addressed by better design. I chose to redesign the ECG after hearing of the frustrations experienced by medical professionals in gaining rapid accurate readings and avoiding misdiagnosis. Currently, the greatest source of error revolves around false traces due to tangled wires that then require repeated tests. The ECG is a device that has been around for decades with few significant improvements.

During my work placement, I was part of a product development team that redesigned several pieces of medical equipment. I felt that the skills and knowledge gained from this could be applied to the ECG.

My strengths in ideation together with user feedback enabled me to rapidly envisage multiple forms for the product. My CAD skills allowed me to take these forms and apply them around the components while considering both the medical environment and manufacturing limitations.

I enjoy the whole process of design and aim to one day be able to design and manufacture products completely by myself. I would therefore like a career where I can experience all roles involved in the design process.

Final year project

Redesigning the Electrocardiogram (ECG) to Improve Device Connectivity, Accuracy and Ease of Use with Comfortable, Wireless Electrodes.

Work Experience

I was fortunate to have a one-year placement with 3formDesign in Whitchurch, Hampshire. Over the year, the company integrated me into a product design team covering several different specialities. We took on a great variety of projects that allowed me to get hands-on involvement with every aspect of design from conception to final production. This included designing for 3D printing, test rig designing, coding, CGI storyboard and patent drawings. I was also tasked to write user guide manuals and bills of materials for manufacturing. In addition, I was also responsible for the design of packaging, labels and logos. I took a key role in the design and manufacture of a veterinary surgical tool and also medical prosthetics. I was taught to confidently use CAD in a methodical manner, together with KeyShot rendering software, SolidWorks, Adobe suite and designed for 3D printing. Over this final year, I have continued to use these programmes and gained more experience, resulting in a highly professional look to my design.

My placement year enabled me to hone my creative and technical design skills whilst also teaching me the importance of designing around components and being aware of the limitations of manufacturing constraints.

Working within a small design company placed me in the position where I had to gain important general office skills including answering phones, meeting clients, liaising with suppliers in UK & abroad, recruitment, stock taking, marketing for the company and creating a new filing system. These skills will last for the rest of my career.

During that year, both my self-confidence and technical abilities improved significantly. I have developed a strong work ethic, striving for perfection in all areas, no matter which task I am given.