Seamless Digital-Physical Prototyping

The product development process requires an orchestration of physical and digital models of different qualities, fidelities, and capabilities.

A huge amount of work goes into managing these models, transferring between the physical and digital worlds, updating designs, and trying to align the information that each model and prototype provides.

But imagine instead that all models were intelligently linked across the digital and physical worlds. Where design changes in any model automatically update the others. Where test results are automatically shared and integrated wherever they are most useful. Where the physical world and digital world in engineering grow together and take the best of both, with no need for systems or work to bridge the gap between.

As part of a 4-year project we are developing the next generation of digital / physical models and systems, creating a fully integrated tool chain that allows engineers to work in the media that they want, when they want, and leverages the speed of computation and physicality of the real world to vastly increase understanding and capability while simultaneously reducing design cycle time and cost.

Recent Posts

  • 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… Read More
  • 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… Read More
  • Digital Twinning and Additive Manufacturing - I've started work on my first sprint looking at coupling additive and subtractive manufacturing (termed hybrid manufacturing) for use within digital twinning. Using the research group's new lab space - the digital manufacturing lab at the University of Bristol - I'm going to be investigating the machining of FDM produced… Read More
  • And we’re funded! Our new project on seamless physical – digital prototyping. - The DMF lab has just secured an EPSRC grant for funding! Led by Prof. Hicks, Chris Snider, and Aydin Nassehi, we've secured £1.6 million to study the creation of seamless digital / physical prototypes over the next four years starting August this year. There will be lots of new information,… Read More