ProtoTwinning at Connected Everything 2019

We’ve just gotten back from the excellent Connected Everything 2019 conference hosted by the University of Nottingham. Focusing on industrial systems in the digital age, digital twinning, and the future of technology in engineering, the Connected Everything network are the perfect group to share our work and interests. The conference brought together a wide range […]

Measure me this! Evaluating metrology solutions for the digital capture of evolving prototypes.

by David Jones and Owen Freeman Gebler As part of the ProtoTwinning project (https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/R032696/1), we are evaluating metrology methods for digitally capturing evolving prototypes. We are currently experimenting with the Einscan Pro+ (https://www.einscan.com/handheld-scanner/einscan-pro-plus/), photogrammetry using Agisoft MetaShape (https://www.agisoft.com/), and the FARO Arm (https://www.faro.com/en-gb/products/). It’s early days but see below for where we are. Einscan Pro+ […]

Anarchic Manufacturing at CMS and FAIM 2019

Anarchic manufacturing has been published and presented at two conferences this month, visiting Slovenia and Ireland. CMS 2019 In Ljubljana Slovenia anarchic manufacturing was used to model cloud manufacturing and to analyse if paying a premium would secure a supply chain; published in Procedia CIRP (link below) and presented at the CIRP Conference on Manufacturing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]