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


  • Jason Yon

    Jason Yon


  • James Gopsill

    James Gopsill


  • David Jones

    David Jones

    Research Associate

  • Reza Imani Asrai

    Reza Imani Asrai

    Research Associate

  • Owen Freeman Gebler

    Owen Freeman Gebler

    Research Engineer

  • Mark Goudswaard

    Mark Goudswaard

    Research Engineer

  • David Mathias

    David Mathias

    Research Engineer

  • Peter Rosso

    Peter Rosso

    Research Engineer

  • Andrew Ma

    Andrew Ma

    Research Engineer

  • Harry Felton

    Harry Felton

    Research Engineer

  • Lee Kent

    Lee Kent

    Research Engineer

Recent Posts

  • TCT Show 2019

    On 24th and 25th September 2019, Harry went to the TCT show in Birmigham to see the latest products from industry and watch some of the many presentations. One of the most well attended product launches was that of the Ultimaker S5 Pro bundle, along with the new S3. Though there were lots of exciting […]

  • Brixelation Tool Demonstration

    As the PhD draws to a close, I have produced a demonstration video of the Brixelation tool. It allows Hybrid Prototypes (LEGO + FDM Printing) to be easily created from 3D geometry. The flow diagram below shows how the tool works. This tool was created as a Blender plug-in – leveraging the powerful functionality of […]

  • City Blocks at Build: London

    City Blocks was delighted to be invited to Build London, hosted jointly by Royal Institute of British Architects and Epic Games, as one of the ‘carefully curated selection of best in class Unreal Engine projects’! The event was hosted at the RIBA headquarters in London on the 25th September with over 300 attendees, from the […]