New paper – Mixed Reality Tools as an Enabler for Improving Operation and Maintenance in Small and Medium Enterprises

Harry Whiskard, a former Research Assistant at the DMF Lab will be presenting the Lab’s work with Altuity Solutions Ltd at the 15th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management on the 1-4 July 2018, Torino, Italy. The paper discusses the emerging mixed reality tools and their applicability in the operation and maintenance management of buildings. […]

European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society 2018

I shall be attending the 4th European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society, to be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands from 3-6 July, 2018 (PHME 2018). At the conference I shall be presenting some of my work, focusing on the results from a body of testing conducted last year, based around the operation […]

New paper – The Design of Visual Information Objects in Three-Dimensional Virtual Environments for Engineering Information Navigation

Presented at the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference in Croatia, the latest paper from the Model-Based Information Navigation project described the design of a number of Visual Information Objects – markers that identify the presence of information within the three-dimensional virtual environment. Below are a number of animated gifs showing the designed markers. Users […]

What is it all about?

This project tests the hypothesis that Cyber-physical production systems can be developed much faster using “non-identical digital twins”. This is achieved by creating a lightweight, low fidelity, digital twin to a physical system and co-evolving this twin, together with adjusting, the parameters in the real system. The co-evolution is enabled by learning from both the […]

The Architecture of Anarchic Manufacturing

Are traditional centralised and hierarchical structures too cumbersome for the digital age? Would a radical (and controversial) view to solving the shop-floor scheduling and control problem be better? With the rise of digital manufacturing technologies and Industry 4.0, many are considering whether current methods for scheduling and controlling (and ultimately decision making) will be able […]

And we’re funded! Our new project on seamless physical – digital prototyping.

The DMF lab has just secured an EPSRC grant for funding! Led by Prof. Hicks, Chris Snider, and Aydin Nassehi, we’ve secured £1.6 million to study the creation of seamless digital / physical prototypes over the next four years starting August this year. There will be lots of new information, research, technology, and hardware coming […]

Flexible, Reusable & Modular Prototypes

Using physical objects when prototyping has enormous benefits and affords tangibility and presence that are lacking from digital files. However creating prototypes takes time and money, this project is investigating how construction kits and additive manufacture can be combined to add flexibility and reconfigurability into this process. Project Lead: David Mathias

Democratising Design for Additive Manufacture

3D printing has the potential to revolutionise the way we consume goods. The technology should be able to facilitate low-cost, personal manufacture but complex design software and a lack technical knowledge prevent this from happening. Without the ability to generate or amend digital models it is impossible to reap the benefits offered by 3D printing. […]