The future of designing and making

The Design and Manufacturing Futures laboratory is researching and creating the tools and technologies of tomorrow, providing game-changing capability for the design, manufacture, operation and disposal of next generation products and machines.


  • Ben Hicks

    Ben Hicks

    Professor, Director

  • Aydin Nassehi

    Aydin Nassehi

    Reader, Codirector

  • Chris Snider

    Chris Snider


  • James Gopsill

    James Gopsill


  • Jason Yon

    Jason Yon


  • Mike Harvey

    Mike Harvey

    Industrial Fellow

  • David Jones

    David Jones

    Research Associate

  • Mark Goudswaard

    Mark Goudswaard

    Research Associate

  • Reza Imani Asrai

    Reza Imani Asrai

    Research Associate

  • Peter Rosso

    Peter Rosso

    Research Engineer

  • Harry Felton

    Harry Felton

    Research Engineer

  • Lee Kent

    Lee Kent

    Research Engineer

  • Ric Real

    Ric Real

    Research Engineer

  • Chris Cox

    Chris Cox

    Research Engineer

  • Harry White

    Harry White

    Research Engineer

  • Owen Freeman Gebler

    Owen Freeman Gebler

    Research Associate (Alumni)

  • Andrew Ma

    Andrew Ma

    Research Engineer (Alumni)

  • David Mathias

    David Mathias

    Research Engineer (Alumni)

Recent Posts

  • PCA Toolkit V1

    Version 1 of the PCA toolkit is shown in the picture below. It contains a first set of products and initiatives designed to contribute towards a safe transition out of lockdown. For more information about each entry please see below the picture. A PDF version of the toolkit can be downloaded with this link. Reducing […]

  • PCA in Teaching: Empowering the public with Lego-based solutions to real problems

    Through the winter semester this year 2nd year students at the University have completed PCA projects as part of their core teaching. Focusing on developing designs that anyone can build at home to reduce their risk of transmission, Students were tasked to develop devices that removed the need for contact with surfaces and buttons on […]

  • New Publication in PLOS ONE – 3D Printing Negligible-cost Microfluidics

    Negligible-cost microfluidic device fabrication using 3D-printed interconnecting channel scaffolds Available open access via PLOS One: Harry, Robert Hughes and Andrea Diaz Gaxiola have together published work that demonstrates a fabrication method to produce negligible-cost microfluidic devices that can be combined using a system of inter-connecting joints. The method uses 3D printed scaffolds – produced […]

  • Social Distancing Glasses

    Introduced as a measure to prevent the transmission of contagious disease, social distancing, or the act of maintaining a physical distance from others has inadvertently remained a restriction on society throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst many have followed guidance such as keeping 2m apart or complying with new and occasionally unclear distanced shopping systems, it’s […]