Advanced Platform Technology Center
Technology Transfer Assistance Program
The Cleveland Veterans Engineering Health Innovations Center (VehiCLE) is a group of engineers dedicated to translating VA technologies to the private sector via licensing, or for distribution within the national VA system, through fabricating high-level, functional prototypes, performing design and cost analyses, and constructing technical drawings, bill of materials (BOMs) and design history files (DHFs). We are based out of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and partner with Sear's Think[box] at Case Western University, to access their state of the art makers space and fabrication machine shop. Our goal is to complete 4-6 projects per year to assist the VA Technology Transfer Program (TTP) and VA innovators to further translation of their technologies through product development with considerations for increased manufacturability, including ease of fabrication, decreased weight, simplification of assembly, and reduced cost.
Projects to Date
Drop Ease Eye Drop Assistant
Eyelid Closure Stimulation Device
Additional Current Projects Involving:
- Mechanical design and fabrication
- Electronics assembly
- Cost analysis
- Technical drawings
- *Due to these projects being in the early stages of the patent process, we cannot post specific information here.
Stephanie Nogan Bailey is the Program Manager for CLE-TTAP. With extensive experience in clinical research for novel rehabilitation technologies and training in device translation and project management, she is passionate about finding healthcare solutions for the challenges Veterans and others with complex health conditions face. She is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of CLE-TTAP, engaging with VA inventors and interacting with VA TTP, and managing CLE-TTAP personnel in all prototype design, fabrication, testing, and quality system documentation. All inquires regarding CLE-TTAP should be addressed to her: firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Rasper is the lead project engineer for the TTAP Center. He oversees and participates in design and fabrication processes related to TTAP prototypes, as well as assisting in student and co-op management and lab maintenance. He also oversees quality document creation and maintenance of product Design History Files, and participates in VA inventor meetings.
Braden Petno is the mechanical technician for the TTAP Center. He is studying mechanical engineering and has experience with a wide variety of computer aided design tools, programming languages, and fabrication techniques. He works closely with inventors and engineers to implement and develop ideas and processes. He also does extensive work on the design and fabrication of these technologies.
Mac Camardo is a Mechanical/Biomedical Engineer (Co-Op) for the TTAP Center. His duties include mechanical device design, prototyping and fabrication, Design History File document creation and maintenance, and market research. Outside of work, he is involved in research focusing on the use of wearable sensors. He will be graduating from Case Western Reserve University in the Winter with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering..
Dakota is a Mechanical/Biomedical Engineer (Co-op) for the VEHICLE center and graduate student at The University of Akron. His responsibilities include CAD design, fabrication, prototyping, and documentation. Dakota’s experience includes medical device design, fabrication, and mechanical expertise, as well as laboratory experience in stem cell and tissue engineering. He is passionate about leveraging these skills to help improve the lives of others.
- 3D modeling
- Design for manufacturing
- Complex electromechanical design and assembly
- Prototype design and fabrication including
- Mill, lathe, CNC
- 3D printing
- FormLabs resins simulating properties of ABS, silicone, polypropylene, polyethylene, TPU & more (145 x 145 x 185 mm ultra-resolution Form3+) & (335 x 200 x 300 mm High Resolution Form3L)
- Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) of PLA
- Awaiting delivery of AON3D M2+ large format (450 x 450 x 640 mm) printer that can print all commercially available extrudable thermoplastics
- Drill, cut, bend, grind
- Waterjet cutting
- Laser etching
- Stress analysis
- Circuit simulation, design, and assembly
- Cable design and assembly
- Microsystems and micro-fabrication
Quality Management Capabilities
- Quality system support
- Risk analysis support
- Quality system auditing and analysis
- Available forms for a complete design history file
- Organized and focused prioritization of projects and tasks
- Market analysis and competitive product research