Rapid Manufacturing; Open-source prototype low cost emergency ventilator

In recent weeks the fight against Covid-19 has seen both an exponential demand for key medical equipment and an array of restrictions imposed on global manufacturing and supply chains, resulting in a debilitating shortage of necessary healthcare provisions and inhibiting the capacity of health services to treat patients with potentially catastrophic consequences. The scale of […]

MHRA Requirements Document

We have put together a document summarising the MHRA minimum useful specification for an emergency ventilator. This is considered the minimum required level of machine that would be useful to the NHS. The original specification can be found here. The PDS style requirements document can be found here. Access has been opened up so you […]

New Publication Alert! Characterising the Digital Twin: A systematic literature review

Some of the work undertaken as part of the protoTwinning project involved an in depth understanding of the Digital Twin such that the project could determine the appropriateness of the paradigm to early stage design and prototyping activities. The paper is the result of a systematic literature review into existing publications and contributes to the […]

NTNU Troll Labs Visit

We started March 2020 with a quick visit the guys at Troll Labs at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. It was a massively productive visit. Troll Labs have a number of past and present research projects that align nicely to the DMF-Lab and the protoTwinning project, specifically the capture of […]

Mass property mapping: first paper accepted – Design 2020

Harry’s first paper has been accepted to Design 2020! Titled “Looks like but does it feel like? Investigating the influence of mass properties on user perceptions of rapid prototypes” the paper looks at how mass, balance and inertia are considered by people through manipulation of an example part. It was found that each of the […]

Modelling Transport Poverty In Bristol

Background Transport poverty has long been cited as one of the key limitations for individuals and their communities to achieve their potential. In short, transport poverty (cost and time) limits access to resources, jobs, social interaction and mobility. Correspondingly, City Councils need to take account of this in the planning of infrastructure, transport systems and […]

DMF Lab Open Day

On December 18th the DMF Lab hosted its first Open Day where we showcased our latest suite of design tools and manufacturing technologies. Many thanks to our external guests from industry, other HEIs and Schools at the UoB. We will be hosting another event in the Summer of 2020. In the meantime if you would […]