Harry Felton MEng

Harry Felton

Harry is in the 2nd year of his PhD studies having started in September 2018 within the DMF group. His focus is on using additive manufacturing (AM) for use with virtual-physical twinning (as part of ProtoTwinning).

Harry has previously completed a year-long placement at Rolls-Royce Plc investigating the use of additive manufacturing for aerospace engines, and graduated from his Aerospace Engineering MEng degree at the University of Bristol in July 2018. He has also been the University of Bristol’s Formula Student Team Principal.

Outside of the office Harry is a keen motorsports, football and rugby fan, and enjoys travelling.

Research Interests

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Virtual-physical twinning

Harry’s main PhD research is focussed on twinning product mass and inertia properties with prototypes. The intention is to allow automated production, likely using additive manufacturing, of prototypes that have comparable mass distributions to the intended design. As such, it will be possible to understand the behaviour and feel of the product earlier in the design process.

If you feel you would be able to help or have any thoughts on this research please email harry.felton@bristol.ac.uk.


Harry’s main research areas are:

  • Hybrid manufacturing (additive couple with subtractive manufacturing) on the Make: By Twinning project.
  • Low cost, high accessbility manufacturing systems and tool kits
  • Mass twinning/replication between rapid prototypes and intended design

Recent Posts

  • The T-Pen - The T-Pen design features a dongle with a "T" shaped head that allows the user to apply force in 3 axes to an adapter. The concept is for each person to have a T-Pen that is capable of working in adapters placed around a workplace, home, shop etc.. This would… Read More
  • The USB-pen Interface - Building on the USB interface, the design can be extended to also allow a pen (standard biro) or pencil to be used. This extends the "upcycle" mantra associated with the USB design, but comes with the penalty of not having any depth control due to the uncertainty surrounding the pen… Read More
  • 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… Read More
  • Clean Access Challenge 2: Hot Desking in a COVID-19 World – Coming Soon - Several industries have been moving to a working environment involving hot desking. In a post-lockdown, COVID-19 world this poses potential issues with social distancing and transmission paths. This challenge asks how hot desking can be made possible whilst also trying to contain the transmission of COVID-19. Read More
  • 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… Read More
  • Poster accepted: Design Computing and Cognition - Harry has had a poster accepted to DCC 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia for the end of June. The work presented looks at the capability of varying mass properties in rapid protoyped parts by manipulating the infill density through the part(s). This work follows on from Harry's work on identifying the… Read More
  • 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… Read More
  • Looks like but does it feel like? - Harry has been completing early investigatory studies as part of his PhD work. This has focussed on the completion of a study, completed within the Department of Mechnical Engineering, that focused on how mass properties (mass, balance and inertia) affect a user's perception of a product. The study used a… Read More
  • TCT Show 2019 - On 24th and 25th September 2019, Harry went to the TCT show in Birmigham to see the latest products from industry and watch some of the many presentations. One of the most well attended product launches was that of the Ultimaker S5 Pro bundle, along with the new S3. Though… Read More
  • DMF Lab at CIRP 2019 – 69th General Assembly, Birmingham - The DMF Lab are at the CIRP GA 2019 in Birmingham this week, exhibiting what we do and who we are. Dr Aydin Nassehi will be in attendance everyday of the conference, with Dr Chris Snider and Harry Felton attending the exhibit on Monday and Tuesday. Professor Ben Hicks will… Read More