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 […]

AU London 2019

Interesting two days at Autodesk’s Partners conference in London for Ben and Chris – even had dinner next to the Europa League Cup at Stamford Bridge! Many of the emerging technologies and challenges resonate with the research here at the University of Bristol. This includes work on digital twins in the DMF Lab; Artificial Intelligence […]

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 […]

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, […]

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: […]

Digital Twinning: Past, Present and Future

On Jan 9th I gave a seminar to Babcock International Group’s Innovation Forum on Digital Twins. In the talk I covered a brief history of the digital twin (courtesy of NASA) and the current and emerging applications of twins including production, product and performance-based twins of machines, systems and infrastructure. I also covered our latest […]

DMF Lab on tour in the US

Following a number of successful UK events and meetings, Prof Hicks visited Autodesk, Apple and Google in the US. Many thanks to all our colleagues at Autodesk who put together a busy and very interesting schedule and we are looking forward to working together on a variety of teaching and research initiatives over the next […]