Ricardo Real

Ric is a Postgraduate Researcher in the 2nd year of his PhD with the Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab, University of Bristol. His research is focused on the applications of remanufacture in prototyping to support product development processes.    

Ric was awarded a Master’s by Research, MSc(Res), in General Engineering from London South Bank University for research into the development of a cryogenic healthcare device, and holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering Product Design (BSc).

Ric’s interests are in Hybrid Rapid Prototyping Platforms, Generative Design, 3D Metrology, Philosophy of Design, and Artificial Intelligence.

Projects

Design: By Computers

Project Clean Access – COVID-19 initiative funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Publications

Recent Posts

  • Social Distancing Glasses - Introduced as a measure to prevent the transmission of contagious disease, social distancing, or the act of maintaining a physical distance from others has inadvertently remained a restriction on society throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst many have followed guidance such as keeping 2m apart or complying with new and occasionally… Read More
  • 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… 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
  • 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… Read More