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 […]

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 […]

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 […]