Transforming the consumer goods industry through the use of big data and re-distributed models of manufacture poses entirely new challenges inherent to the capture, storage, analysis, visualisation and interpretation of big data. Combined with this is the cross-disciplinary requirement for radically new methods of engaging end-users, empowering customer interaction, facilitating ad-hoc supply chains, re-capturing and re-deploying valuable materials, optimising manufacturing processes, informing new user-driven design of customised goods and services, developing novel business models and implementing data-driven open innovation.
Led by Dr Fiona Charnley at Cranfield University, the EPSRC-ESRC Network in Re-Distributed Manufacturing, Consumer Goods and Big Data (RECODE) aims to engage a diverse community to explore the use of big data in the development of a re-distributed, joined up model of production for the future.
The RECODE Network Launch Event is being held on 3rd June 2015 at IDEALondon, 69 Wilson Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 2BB. This initial event will bring together academics, practitioners, policy makers and others to introduce the network, through key note talks from Cisco, Cranfield University and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and start to develop a multi-disciplinary community, roadmap and vision for the future of UK manufacturing.
Register for the event here.
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.
Date: 7 November 2014, 9.30-18.00
Location: The Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University
Thanks to an invitation from Dinusha Mendis at Bournemouth University, Bit by Bit will be speaking at this event. We’re delighted to be participating in what looks to be a very good lineup!
Confirmed Speakers include: Phil Reeves, Sophie Jones (Econolyst), Chris Thorpe (Jaggaree), Michael Weinberg (Public Knowledge), Marian Lillington (UK Intellectual Property Office), Joe Wee (Things 3D), Turlif Vanderbilt, Cherie Stamm (Uformia), Paul Croft (Ultimaker), Chris Dryden (Fuel3D), Andrew Dent (Fabadashery), Thierry Rayna (Novancia Business School, Paris), Ludmila Striukova (University College London), Tim Minshall, Simon Ford (Cambridge University), Davide Secchi, Dinusha Mendis (Bournemouth University).
Attendance is free, but spaces are limited and reservation is required. Register to reserve a place.