DMF Lab Experience

Our skills like in rapid manufacture and effective/efficient low-end production using rapid manufacture systems. We do not have manufacturing capability to substantially support production efforts of any device, experience of design of medical devices or clinical knowledge, or testing facilities to confirm our designs functionality.

The DMF group is therefore concentrating on:

  • Refinement of existing designs for rapid manufacture, etc.
  • Acting as a conduit between projects and companies to increase opportunity for production at industry scale.
  • Offering our skills on a request basis

We see our primary design-based value resting in refinement of existing designs for manufacture and assembly efficiency, maximisation of standard parts, part count reduction, flat-packing and distribution etc.

Many designs, particularly open-source and low-end, make heavy use of 3D printing technologies, which are slow, inaccurate, and produce bulky parts. We have spent time demonstrating refinement of existing open-source designs to reduce manufacture time and simplify.

If you feel your project could benefit from our help, please contact us using our individual email addresses (on our people pages) or

Current Work

The Workshop App goes live for alpha testing - The Workshop is a job scheduling tool for coordinating manufacturing in areas such as university workshops. It’s a collaborative initiative between the DMF lab’s project clean access, and industry partner CFMS. It has been developed to enable the continued functioning of University manufacturing centres by assisting the transition to more virtual interaction with students and […]
Clean Access Challenge 7: Enabling Everyone - Problem Many people in the world face additional challenges created by limited mobility, physical, or mental impairment. These can make challenges of clean access under Covid-19 even more daunting. How do you avoid touching if you cannot see? How do you interact with the world in a covid-safe way, while also fighting physical impairment? It […]
Logos for the Royal Academy of Engineering and the University of Bristol SARS-Cov-2 Transmission Literature Review - Project Clean Access is about providing scientifically backed solutions to help create a safer environment. This literature review focused on gathering evidence of the different modes of transmission, as well as data on how successful various intervention measures have been. The following video summarises the key findings from the literature review: For those who cannot […]
Material Extrusion: An Introduction - Harry has put together a video introducing material extrusion at a beginner level as part of Project Clean Access. The aim of the video is to provide the basic understanding required to provide a foundation level knowledge to the viewer, allowing them to start printing their own designs with greater success. Initially written and targetted […]
Logos for the Royal Academy of Engineering and the University of Bristol Project Clean Access has been funded! - We’re pleased to say we’ve been funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and are now in a position to officially launch Project Clean Access’ next phase! This includes working with partners in Colombia and design work within DMF and at the University of Bristol over the next few months, with lots more exciting projects […]
New Clean Access Challenges Open! - Today we have opened four new clean access challenges that are open for submissions now: Clean Access Challenge 3: Hot Desking in a COVID-19 World Clean Access Challenge 4: Hackspaces Clean Access Challenge 5: Contact Free Cash Clean Access Challenge 6: Shared Toilets What is in a submission? To be efficient with your time and […]
Clean Access Challenge 5: Contact Free Cash - Problem Money, in the form of both notes and coins, provides contact surfaces that can be shared by many people in a short space of time. Whilst transmission via cash hasn’t been delineated, some banks around the world are taking steps to disinfect cash to ensure that it’s coronavirus free (see here). In order to […]
Clean Access Challenge 6: Shared Toilets - Problem As our schools, universities, offices and workplaces are adapted to life with coronavirus, facilities such as bathrooms will also need to be amended in two main ways. First, to ensure social distancing protocols are adhered to, and second, to reduce the risk of virus transmission via numerous shared contact surfaces. These need to be […]
Project Clean Access Launches - Project Clean Access has offcially launched on the DMF website. Please head over to the Project Clean Access page on our site for more information, and see the launch e-mail below. Dear All, The Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab at the University of Bristol is proud to launch Project Clean Access ( a global initiative […]
Clean Access Challenge 4: Hackspaces - Problem The Hackspace, once exclusively synonymous with electronics and model airplane enthusiasts, has grown to become a globally acknowledged hub for social innovation and enterprise. Appealing to an emergent cultural ethos of autonomy and shared knowledge, pop-up hackspaces have taken shape over the past decade in everything from railway arches to city office blocks, boasting […]

Other COVID19 Projects and Information

Please see the list below for projects you and your company may be able to help with. We will endeavour to keep this list as up to date as possible over the coming weeks and months.

1.    MHRA Spec

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, a subsidiary of the UK government, has produced a document detailing the minimum requirements of a ventilator to be used in NHS hospitals during the current pandemic. This document can be found through the link below and via the blog post here. We have also distilled this document into a PDS style requirements document. This should be considered a live document and will be updated regularly.

The most difficult part of the specification for us are the levels of control and sensing required. These elements would require hardware testing and refinement that are not currently possible given our working arrangements. These elements would require input from electronic engineers and specialists with experience in medical devices.

2.    Royal Society Rapid Review

This is an effort being led by the Royal Society to have a rapid review schedule for papers submitted on work around COVID-19 where work will be reviewed within 24-48 hours post-submission. More information for reviews and authors can be found through the link.

3.    Oxvent

This is a project being run between the University of Oxford and King’s College London. It is a multidisciplinary team of medics and engineers aiming to produce a ventilator to fill the shortfall health care systems across the world are anticipating and experiencing.

4.    Prusa Medical Shields

The open-source 3D printing company, Prusa, has started to use its 3D printer farm to print open source components for face shields. It is currently producing 800/day using 1/5th of its printing capability. The safety of the mask is currently being verified. Several suggestions are provided on Prusa’s website on how to print the parts along with handling.

5.    Ultimaker Support

Ultimaker are offering their support, with regards to design and printing, via their website. This is being done globally and locally. You are also able to offer your support through the Ultimaker website.

6.    OpenSource COVID19 Medical Supplies Group

A Facebook group has come into existence where people around the world are sharing their designs and makes for technology related to the pandemic. This can be found through the link below.

7.    List of Working Groups

The University of Cambridge Information Management group has created a list of working groups. This can be found here:

These groups cover design, manufacture, testing and research review.

8.    Welsh Rapid Ventilator

The Welsh government has given the green light, and successfully tested, a new, rapidly designed ventilator. Although this does not meet the specification required for use in ICU wards it is considered an important contribution to reduce the demand on ICU beds. More information on this can be seen here.

9.    UK Companies

Several large UK engineering organisations are also developing designs. Two of the most advanced are G-Tech, who are nearing production ready and have been asked to manufacture 30,000, and Dyson who have had an order of 10,000 placed by the UK government.

Several other engineering companies are dedicating resource to this effort on both design and manufacture, inc. Airbus (production), Dyson (design), several F1 teams (production), and several smaller manufacturers.

10. Hackaday: Ventilators 101

Hackaday have written an article on how people breath, how ventilators help and how they are used. It’s a very interesting read and highly recommended for any group looking to design and build a ventilator for the current pandemic. Thanks to Field Ready for sending the link to us.

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