Innovative Nonprofit Organization Creates Customized Medical Mobility Products
for Children with Disabilities
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced that Medical Engineering Resource Unit (MERU),
a designer and manufacturer of specialized medical equipment for children with
disabilities, has been named as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for
December 2006. The Inventor of the Month program recognizes the most
innovative design and engineering advancements made by the extensive community
of customers using Autodesk Inventor software, the world's best-selling 3D
mechanical design software and best choice for 3D design.
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MERU is a charitable organization based in the United Kingdom. The group
designs and manufactures a wide range of custom-made medical products for
children and young people when no commercial-made product is suitable for
their requirements. MERU's products address a wide range of needs, from
communication and accessibility, to safety and mobility.
In response to the growing awareness in the therapeutic community of the
mobility needs of very young children with disabilities, MERU created Bugzi,
an innovative indoor electric wheelchair. Bugzi is specially designed for
children aged from one to five, who are too young for conventional powered
wheelchairs. In contrast to conventional products, Bugzi is small, robust,
maneuverable, and can be easily transported in a car. It is also adaptable to
a wide range of sizes and abilities and provides adjustable seating that
supports a child's posture.
Autodesk Inventor played a key role in helping MERU create the Bugzi
product that met all these diverse requirements. With its support for both 2D
and 3D design processes, Autodesk Inventor allowed MERU to visualize and
experience what their end product would look like before it was built. MERU
was able to conceptualize, model and test a variety of designs without the
time and costs associated with developing a series of physical prototypes.
"Inventor was hugely advantageous in the development of Bugzi," said Peter
Swann, head of product development for MERU. "The ability to design complex
shapes with compound curved surfaces, to assemble and visualize designs on the
screen and modify them so easily, to create components in assemblies that
match and mate onto others - all these things contributed to our ability to
realize our ideas, rather than being limited by manufacturing processes."
"We are proud of the role Autodesk Inventor plays in helping MERU develop
their ground-breaking medical products," said Robert "Buzz" Kross, vice
president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions. "Their goal of supporting
children and young people with disabilities is truly inspiring, and it is a
pleasure to name them as our Inventor of the Month for December."
Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the more than
500,000 users of Autodesk Inventor, its best-selling 3D mechanical design
software. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and groundbreaking
innovation. To nominate a company for Inventor of the Month, please contact us
MERU (Medical Engineering Resource Unit) is a charitable organization that
exists to improve life for children and young people with severe disabilities.
We do this by using our design and engineering skills to make individual
pieces of specialist equipment that children can use at home, in school or at
play. To learn more, please visit http://www.meru.org.uk.
Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that
great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the
world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing,
infrastructure, building, media and entertainment, and wireless data services
fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their
data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas
into competitive advantage, become more productive, streamline project
efficiency and maximize profits.
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