On the afternoon of 30 January 2015, 3DP-RDM will be hosting a scoping workshop at the Institute for Manufacturing in Cambridge.
The purpose of the scoping workshop is to explore the themes that could be investigated through 6-9 month feasibility studies. The workshop will involve small, multi-disciplinary discussions, with these discussions helping to identify areas of study. The themes to be explored in the workshop will include (but are not limited to) issues previously identified by the Bit by Bit project:
- Economics: the economics of 3D printing, including assessment of the cost advantages;
- IP: the protection of intellectual property and competitive advantage, including the protection of copyright;
- Materials: manufacturing issues such as the quality of materials and recyclability;
- Skills: education issues and the presence of the necessary skills in the labour market;
- Standards: manufacturing standardisation.
Participation from both academia and industry is welcomed, however places are limited. To indicate your interest in participating please complete the form below.
Following the workshop, proposals for feasibility studies will be invited. The approximate deadline for a 2 page proposal will be the end of February. Following the review of the proposals received, 2-3 feasibility studies will be conducted, with each study having a budget of £35k-£65k. These should be completed by the end of 2015. More details on this process will be communicated at the scoping workshop.
The Bit by Bit research team are pleased to announce that we have successfully secured further funding to explore how 3D printing and additive manufacturing enables the re-distributed of manufacturing, and how the re-distributed of manufacturing provides opportunities for the wider adoption of 3D printing.
The new 2-year project “Defining the research agenda for 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturing” (3DP-RDM) is part of the EPSRC’s “Manufacturing the Future” theme and is being funded through the EPSRC/ESRC’s recent “Re-distributed Manufacturing Call for Networks“.
The objective of 3DP-RDM is to convene a multi-disciplinary research and multi-industry user network that provides the required breadth and depth of research capabilities to define and disseminate the research agenda for 3DP enabled re-distributed manufacturing.
Starting in January 2015, the formation of this community will provide a platform for the delivery of a portfolio of up to six research feasibility studies to explore:
- The features of 3DP technologies that help enable re-distributed manufacturing;
- How re-distributed manufacturing may accelerate the diffusion of 3DP technologies, and vice-versa;
- Sector specific and generic aspects of 3DP enabled re-distributed manufacturing.
The project is led by Dr Tim Minshall (PI) at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, and by Prof. Phill Dickens (Co-I) at the University of Nottingham. They will be supported by Dr Simon Ford in a Network Coordinator role.