Bernard Guy

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Lecturer - Industrial Design School of Design


MDes (Industrial)


After more than a decade in the oil and mining industry Bernard Guy turned his focus from engineering to industrial design and working in the field of robotics and medical simulation. His research has evaluated the design of anaesthesia equipment and the design and production of a simulation device for teaching and retaining endoscopy skills. Increasingly he focuses on introducing novel technologies of design to clinicians in healthcare.

Design physiology is a useful way of describing Bernard’s approach to the design of a device or product, where dominant mechanical techniques of manufacture are traded for a physiological approach.

His design methods employ 3D scanning, 3D printing and digital CAD technologies to produce facial prosthesis, synthetic anatomies for simulation, preoperative planning models, and biological inspired designs.

Motivated by the novelty and close association of 3D printing to anatomy, Bernard’s research, teaching and commercial collaboration encourage performance and economic benefits through processes that no longer adhere to the traditional rules of mass manufacture.


Bernard is a principal investigator in the Product Accelerator, a research organisation where a major proportion of NZ’s additive manufacturing research and development is taking place

Central to Bernard’s research is a unique research hub called MADE created by the Industrial Design programme to investigate and support Multi-property 3D printing in design. This capability has promoted research with local and international healthcare providers and clinical specialists, prosthetic limb providers and the film industry.


For Bernard it is important to keep relevant through experimentation and innovation in the classroom, demonstrating how to learn and design at the technological edge involves building specific experience in digital creation. With new technologies moving at such a rapid pace he believes we need quality contemporary design that arises from our students, industry and our place in the world.

Publications and conference presentations

2016 Fraser, S. Guy, B. Miller, T. Ok, J. Richards, F. MacDonald, H. Lyford, N. Guy, R. Poster Session, 3D printed prosthetics. The New Zealand Product Accelerator Research Meeting, Auckland University NZ.

2016 McIntosh H, Guy, B, Simulated Anatomy and 3D Printed Skin. NZ Institute of Medical Laboratory Science annual conference, Rotorua, NZ

2015 Guy, B, Invited Speaker. Healthcare Congress “DELIVERING THE FUTURE, TODAY” Design - The Importance of Design in Product Useability, Synthetic Anatomy Auckland University, NZ

2015 McIntosh H, Guy, B, Simulated anatomy in Medical Design. 2nd Bi-Annual NZ ANZICS Intensive Care Research Symposium. Wellington, NZ

2015 Guy, B. Stevens, R. Challies Z. Gillingham, W. Synthetic Anatomies, Co-designing desirable 3D printed facial prosthetics. The 2nd biennial Research Through Design Conference, Cambridge, UK.

2015 Challies, Z Guy, B Stevens, R, James Dyson Design Competition, New Zealand National Winner

2014 Guy, B. Stevens, R. Challies Z. Gillingham, W. Research Through Design, curated exhibition, Microsoft Research Centre, Cambridge, UK

2013 Guy, B Design Physiology and the 3D Print: Interpreting Human Anatomy and Physiology with 3D Printing in Industrial Design Education. The International Journal of Design Education. Vol 6 no 4 pp 87-93

2013 Guy, B. Robinson, B. Dalley, P. Can Clinicians Communicate With Designers? Design Themes From Prototyping With Anesthesiologists, Journal article. The Internet Journal of Anesthesiology, 32, 1 (2013).

2012 Guy, B, Invited Speaker: Innovating for Health Challenge Showcase Event. Accelerating connections between biomedical research and healthcare markets. Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Wellington NZ

2012 Guy, B, Speaker: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society meeting of New Zealand, Wellington, NZ

2012 Guy, B. Design Physiology. 6th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, University of California Los Angeles, USA

2012 Guy, B, Exhibited the Cone bowls: at the DesForm International Conference Exhibition, School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

2010 Guy, B Robinson, B Westhorpe, R. Describing A Latent Design Cycle In 100 Years Of Innovation And Adoption In Anesthesia Equipment: The Origin Of Awkwardness The internet journal of Anesthesiology, Vol. 29, No. 2, 1-14pp

2008 Guy, B, Robinson, B, Westhorpe, R "Boyle's legacy: ambiguous ergonomic origins and industry-centric collaboration" Historical Anaesthesia Society. Summer Scientific Meeting. York, UK Vol 39 80-88pp

2008 Guy, B "Safety: The Anaesthetic Machine”  An Evolution in ergonomics, branding and design" - Australian Society of Anaesthetists and New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists Combined Scientific Congress, Wellington NZ

2008 Guy, B, "Safety: The Anaesthetic Machine" Design and the anaesthetic technician- Australian Society of Anaesthetists and New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists Combined Scientific Congress, Wellington NZ

2008 Guy, B, Fraser, M. "Tools for Design" Gaining Momentum by Design. TRCC Conference, Wellington NZ