Call for abstracts – R&D Management Conference 2016

Next year the R&D Management Conference will be hosted in Cambridge by the Centre for Technology Management at the University of Cambridge. R&D Management Conference 2016: From science to society will run from 2-6th July 2016.

The call for submissions went live recently. These are invited until 1st February 2016. Four types of submissions are invited: academic papers, academic papers from advanced-stage PhD students, industrial papers, and workshops/tutorials/seminars.

Of particular interest to this community are two conference sessions:

We hope that this community will contribute to these sessions and others.

3DP-RDM Dissemination and Scoping Workshops

We will be hosting two days of 3DP-RDM workshops on 13-14th January 2016 in Cambridge to which you are warmly invited to participate. A provisional agenda for the workshops can be found here.

On the afternoon of 13th January we’ll be running a dissemination workshop featuring presentations from the four 3DP-RDM feasibility studies.

  1. Investigating the Impact of CAD Data Transfer Standards for 3DP-RDM Dr Eujin Pei, Brunel University
  2. OPTIMOS PRIME: Organising Production Technology Into MOst Responsive States – 3D PRInt Machine Enabled Networks Prof. Duncan McFarlane, University of Cambridge, and Edinburgh University
  3. The enabling role of 3DP in redistributed manufacturing: A total cost model Dr Martin Baumers, University of Nottingham, and University of Oxford
  4. Redistributing Material Supply Chains for 3D printing Prof. Matthias Holweg, University of Oxford

Following the dissemination workshop we’ll then host a dinner on the evening of 13th January in a historic Cambridge college (venue to be confirmed) at which we hope you will also join us. This will cost approximately £60 per person but a limited number of subsidised places are available at this dinner at £30 per person. These will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.

On the 14th January we will then have a scoping workshop to identify future research directions and possible feasibility study topics. The format of this workshop will follow that of the first we ran on 30th January 2015, building on the results of the feasibility studies, the results from the first scoping workshop (reported here and here), and the findings from the AM National Strategy development process.

Following the scoping workshop, proposals for feasibility studies will be invited from eligible UK-based academics. The deadline for a 2 page proposal will be 12pm on the 22nd February 2016. Following the review of the proposals received, 2-3 feasibility studies will be conducted, with each study having a budget of £35k-£65k. These studies should be completed by the end of 2016. More details on this process will be communicated at the scoping workshop.

If you are interested in participating in these workshops please get in touch with me or complete the form below and I will follow up with you.

The Future of Data Transfer Standards for Additive Manufacturing: Insights from an ISO Meeting in Berlin

Eujin Pei, lead on the 3DP-RDM feasibility study “Investigating the Impact of CAD Data Transfer Standards for 3DP-RDM” is a guest contributor for this post. The delay in publishing is mine – apologies.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee for Additive Manufacture (ISO TC261) held its 6th Plenary Meeting in Berlin on 14th July 2015 and I chaired the Working Group 4 session.

It was a productive session where we invited members of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM F42) to participate in discussions related to Design and Data Transfer guidelines. This is in line with earlier agreements for ISO and ASTM to form joint plans for Additive Manufacturing standards development to ensure that we have aligned standard roadmaps common to ISO TC261 and ASTM F42.

During the WG4 meeting, I presented the 3DP-RDM project. It was well received by the committee members and we discussed the changing manufacturing landscape with the advent of Cloud Manufacturing, De-centralised Production and the plethora of CAD data standards. We discussed the purpose of the 3DP-RDM work, which is to investigate the interfaces between machine systems and to understand the digital chain of information.

We reviewed the AFNOR (Association Française de Normalisation) document that outlined existing data exchange standards for Additive Manufacturing consisting of ISO/DIS 17296-4 “Additive Manufacturing – Rapid Technologies Part 4: Data Processing” that covers principal considerations for data exchange and AM data workflow. The ISO/ASTM 52915:2013 document on “Additive Manufacturing File Format (AMF)” describes a framework for this file format for Additive Manufacturing; and ISO/DIS 10303-242 on “Industrial automation systems and integration – Product data representation and exchange – Part 242” is a STEP standard that will replace AP203 (mechanical parts and assemblies) and AP214 (automotive mechanical design processes). Finally, ISO 14649-17 and 171 on “Industrial automation systems and integration – Physical device control – Data model for computerized numerical controllers – Part 17: Additive Manufacturing” defines a new STEP-NC data model being adapted for Additive Manufacturing requirements.

We also discussed existing and new file formats from leading vendors such as Adobe that offers 3D Printing support in the form of a 3D PDF file or SVX format, or as 3D printer profile files (3PP files). The committee also recognised that Microsoft and Autodesk have been strongly advocating a new .3MF format with their 3MF Consortium.

Alain Bernard, reported on the adhoc group activities that include investigating existing formats such as AMF, STEP, STEP-NC and 3MF, with key questions such as what is the aim of the standard? What problem is being solved? At what stage of the manufacturing process does it apply and what is the status of the standard being adopted in the industry? The committee agreed that the findings would contribute to the 3DP-RDM work and we were informed that there would be an ISO/TC 184/SC 4 Meeting in October 18-23 2015 taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

There would be a Digital Manufacturing Day on 21st October that would include a workshop on digital manufacturing to investigate standards for “wiring up” the digital manufacturing world. Questions such as how are we going to communicate design requirements? What will be expected of the supply chain and how will we make 3D data for the new advanced machines will be discussed during the symposium. We have seen a greater interest in the future of data transfer standards for Additive Manufacturing and we welcome your input through informal discussions.

For more information please contact Dr Eujin Pei, Convenor ISO TC261/WG4

TFSC Special Issue Update

Our special issue of Technological Forecasting and Social Change is getting closer to publication as all seven of the papers that will feature in the special issue are now available online. Thanks go to all the authors for their contributions. In addition of these articles the special issue will feature an introduction written by us (the three guest editors, Simon Ford, Letizia Mortara and Tim Minshall). Although not yet published yet, a preview of the introduction “The Emergence of Additive Manufacturing” can be found on ResearchGate here.

The seven papers in the special issue:

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New Bit by Bit team members

The Bit by Bit project recently welcomed two new researchers, Dr Mélanie Despeisse and Serena Flammini, to the team.

md621Mélanie is a Research Associate who joins us from the Centre for Industrial Sustainability at the Institute for Manufacturing. In her previous research she has been working on tools and techniques to improve the eco-efficiency of factories. In joining the Bit by Bit team she’ll primarily be continuing the work that she’s begun with Simon Ford on investigating the sustainability issues and implications associated with the implementation of additive manufacturing. Mélanie will be part of the project until its completion at the end of 2016.

serena-flamminiSerena joins the project as an academic visitor. The work she does with us forms part of her doctoral studies at the Department of Business Studies at Roma Tre University. Serena’s research interests include open innovation, emerging technologies and start-up firms, not only in ICT but also in more traditional industries. While at IfM she’ll be working with Letizia Mortara to better understand technology commercialisation and business model innovation in additive manufacturing.


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