The Upcycled USB

A simple adapter has been developed, that can be rapdily printed using FFF and SLA technologies, to allow someone to use a USB stick to open doors and operate simple mechaisms and break transmission paths of COVID-19.
The simple design, that takes less than 15 minutes to print on our standard 3D printers costs just £0.04 and can take advantage of the old USB sticks people have at home and in the workplace. If the USBs available also have a retracting head, or a cover for the interface, the contact patch can be sealed from the user when not in use.

Clean Access Challenge 1: A Toolkit for Queen’s Building

University buildings (like many other buildings throughout our cities) have many hundreds of users every day, all needing to move through and access a variety of different spaces, each with their own locks and access controls. In a world of social distancing, we need to think about how people move through buildings and access spaces efficiently, while preventing bottlenecks, minimising transmission risks, and still allowing important security and access controls to stay in place.

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; inhibiting the capacity of health services to treat patients with potentially catastrophic consequences. The scale of this […]

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 […]