Design Studies Journal Article for Hybrid Prototyping

Hybrid Prototyping’s first journal paper has been published in Design Studies, Vol 62. It describes a simulation study that investigates the potential benefits of coupling LEGO and low cost 3D printing as a novel Hybrid Prototyping tool. This is the fundamental underlying concept to David‘s Thesis on investigating and characterising hybrid prototyping and is a […]

DMF Lab hosts Prof Larry Mallak from WMU

The Lab hosted Prof Larry Mallak – Professor of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management from Western Michigan University this week. With the focus of the visit on Innovation and Enterprise we toured the regions rich ecosystem of incubators for technology and enterprise. These included: Unit DX incubator specialising in science-based start-ups. Engine Shed […]

Industry 4.0 and Digital Twins: Key lessons from NASA

See the latest article from the Lab on The Future Factory forum https://www.thefuturefactory.com/blog/24. In the article Ben looks at the history of the digital twin and the lessons that can be learned from NASA’s application of the Digital Twin. The article also includes a definition of the Digital Twin. Enjoy your reading! While you are on […]

Our New Digital Manufacturing Lab is Open!

Our new Digital Manufacturing lab is officially open! Contained within the Queen’s Building at the University of Bristol, the new Digital Manufacturing lab is home to several research groups looking into the future of manufacturing and manufacturing systems. Undergraduates, postgraduates and post-doctorate researchers all share the space to progress their projects, with specific areas current […]

ProtoTwinning project holds its inaugral steering committee meeting

On Friday March 22nd the ProtoTwinning project (Full title – Improving the product development process through integrated revision control and twinning of digital-physical models during prototyping) held its inaugural industry day and steering committee meeting. The day started with a brief history of the digital twin followed by five technical presentations and a tour of […]

Visit to NTNU TrollLabs

As well as being the opponent for a PhD defence in Trondheim Ben also visited the TrollLAB in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The research activities of the TrollLAB focus on investigating and improving the process of the early fuzzy front end in engineering design, […]

Digital Twinning and Additive Manufacturing

I’ve started work on my first sprint looking at coupling additive and subtractive manufacturing (termed hybrid manufacturing) for use within digital twinning. Using the research group’s new lab space – the digital manufacturing lab at the University of Bristol – I’m going to be investigating the machining of FDM produced parts with the aim of […]

DMF Lab’s research contributes to an FM Technology award for Altuity

One of our long standing partners has won an i-FM Technology award for Innovation – Altuity wins FM Technology Award. The award relates to Altuity’s latest technology which combines 360° photospheres, radio frequency identification (RFID) markers and augmented reality (AR) to enable visualisation of asset data and facilities in real-time. Altuity founder Steve Voller said: […]

DMF Lab visiting research partners in Colombia

In December I visited current and potential research partners in Colombia.  The main purpose of the visit was to explore research overlap between the DMF lab and La Universidad de los Andes in Bogota in areas related to the democratisation of design (the theme of my doctoral research) and also wider research areas for future […]