WHEN? Thursday, 22 September 2016 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)
WHERE? Filwood Green Business Park – 1 Filwood Park Lane Off Hengrove Way, Bristol, BS4 1ET, United Kingdom – View Map
Smart factories, digital fabrication technologies, new materials and changes in distribution networks are radically re-shaping who makes what, where and how.
WE CAN MAKE explores how Bristol can re-localise and grow manufacturing in the city:
- Can we create pro-manufacturing communities where the things that are needed, from jobs to housing, are locally produced?
- How can the new manufacturing landscape make the most of existing infrastructure, networks and know-how?
- What policy decisions and investment in skills and infrastructure need to be made to ensure that places like South Bristol don’t miss out?
This event brings together leading manufacturers, decision makers, thinkers, makers and artists to share new research and ideas. Contributors include:
Karin Smyth MP: on supporting skills and jobs through re-localised manufacturing to create opportunities for all.
Chris McMahon, University of Bristol: sharing new research that maps and de-mystifies the realities of re-distributed manufacturing in South Bristol.
James Tooze, Royal College of Arts: on makerspaces and rethinking the products and services we want and need.
Carolyn Hassan, Knowle West Media Centre: on creating pro-manufacturing communities than can make their own future.
Nick Howard, Baileys of Bristol Caravans: the manufacturing revolution beyond the ‘usual suspects’ (TBC)
6-6:30pm: Meet the Makers Open Studios: meet the people and get hands-on with tech and tools
6:30-7:30pm: Panel discussion
7:30-8pm: Networking, drinks and Polar Ice Pops
Field Ready, a start-up focused on solving humanitarian supply chain problems through innovative manufacturing approaches such as 3D printing, is hosting a Makeathon at the Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge on the afternoon of 14th May.
Makeathons are events of intense brainstorming and prototyping aimed at solving a particular technical challenge. The process involves coming up with theoretical solutions, taking a few of them forwards to proof of concept prototyping and sharing findings, with the hope that one or more of these will serve as basis for future development.
The theme of this Makeathon is construction quality in Haiti; participants will be given the challenge of identifying ways of testing the quality of concrete blocks on the site of delivery to ensure safe construction.
3DP-RDM is one of six re-distributed manufacturing networks currently being funded by the EPSRC and ESRC. On 23 March one of our sister networks, the Local Nexus Network, ran a launch event and scoping workshop in Oxford. During the event participants discussed the following:
- What are potential benefits and problems of a localised food system, and for whom?
- What socio-economic and biophysical conditions are needed to achieve a more localised food system?
- What are the opportunities and/or requirements for local energy and water to support a localised food system?
- What are the key technical, social, economic, policy research areas and questions relating to the local food-energy-water nexus?
A report summarising these discussions is now available online here.
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.