David Mathias

David Mathias MEng

David is a Postgraduate Researcher in his 2nd Year of a PhD. His areas of interest include prototyping, additive manufacturing, construction kits and 3D design.
After graduating from the University of Bristol with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 2016, he started an Engineering Design PhD with the Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab in the Autumn of 2016.

Outside of engineering, he is an avid skier with level 2 instructor qualifications and a couple of seasons under his belt. David can often be found in the mountains.

For more information head to his website.


Modular Prototyping – This is David’s main area of research and is topic of his PhD Thesis

PhysiCAD – A LEGO inspired tangible interface for CAD, virtual prototyping and rapid prototyping.


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Recent Posts

  • Modelling Transport Poverty In Bristol - Background Transport poverty has long been cited as one of the key limitations for individuals and their communities to achieve their potential. In short, transport poverty (cost and time) limits access to resources, jobs, social interaction and mobility. Correspondingly, City Councils need to take account of this in the planning… Read More
  • Brixelation Tool Demonstration - As the PhD draws to a close, I have produced a demonstration video of the Brixelation tool. It allows Hybrid Prototypes (LEGO + FDM Printing) to be easily created from 3D geometry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_wcJYkxmqQ The flow diagram below shows how the tool works. A flow diagram of the tool functionality and… Read More
  • Autodesk San Francisco Education Visit - This week Chris and I have been in San Francisco visiting the Autodesk headquarters. Representatives from several of Autodesk's lighthouse institutions had been invited to discuss the future of design and manufacturing education and how Autodesk could fit into it. It was great to develop the relationships with the Autodesk… Read More
  • 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… Read More
  • Hybrid Prototyping – Physical Implementation - The potential benefits of coupling LEGO and FDM printing in a hybrid prototyping have been shown through idealised simulations, however it needs to be feasible and practical to implement for it to be a useful approach to prototyping. This figure illustrates in 2D how a design can be prototyped out… Read More
  • Introducing Brixelate & Kitify - Brixelate and Kitify are two Blender addons written in Python that help designers create physical, editable versions of their designs. Check out the video below to see them in action. Brixelate Brixelate takes an 3D object and packs it full of LEGO bricks. The type of LEGO bricks used can… Read More
  • 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… Read More
  • The New DMF Lab Website - Welcome to the new Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab website.   Read More