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'We're delighted to have been able to support Tommy'.

Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) which is a collaborative project between Cerebra and UWTSD have helped a young boy with autism to fulfil one of his dreams.

Tommy Lee, 16, from Brighton, wanted to go horse riding with his class mates but his unique head shape prevented him from wearing a riding helmet.

Dr Ross Head, product design manager at CIC, said: "We knew that the basic principle of a helmet is quite simple but the journey to get to a safe and useable one was complex.

"We used a 3D digital scanner to scan in Tommy's head shape.

"Then we used this data in our computer aided design software to draw the head shape. The helmet was styled around this shape, and then the cavity was removed leaving the exact shape for Tommy head.

"This shape was manufactured from expanded polystyrene. The mould for the exterior skin of the helmet was made using a 3D printer which was used to make a Kevlar outer skin.

"CIC approached BSI (British Standards Institution) to test the helmet to ensure it meets the same standard that a regular helmet would be subjected to.

"BSI kindly agreed to fund the entire cost of the testing by way of support to get Tommy horse riding and tested the helmet against the BSI Kitemark scheme."

Maureen Sumner Smith, managing director UK & Ireland, BSI said: "We're delighted to have been able to support this really worthwhile cause through our testing services.

"It's been very rewarding to work alongside CIC to help develop this bespoke riding helmet."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 11, 2019
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