On the 13th January 2016, presentations from the first four 3DP-RDM feasibility studies were made at the 3DP-RDM Dissemination workshop in Cambridge. PDFs of the slides used by each presenter are linked below.
Three of the four presentations were final summaries of the work conducted in 2015. The exception is the CAD Data Transfer Standards study, which continues to the end of March 2016. If you have questions regarding the work conducted in the feasibility studies please follow up with the lead researchers of each project.
Following the recent feasibility study competition, the 3DP-RDM network is funding four projects in 2015. In this series of blog posts we introduce the four studies. Today we begin with the first study, “Investigating the Impact of CAD Data Transfer Standards for 3DP-RDM”, which is being led by Dr Eujin Pei (pictured) at Brunel University.
Additive Manufacturing is set to play a vital role in the Re-Distributed Manufacturing landscape. The paradigm shift towards a decentralised approach of cloud manufacturing and dynamic production requires tighter standardisation and efficient interfaces between CAD data and Additive Manufacturing. In parallel with technology advancements, it is important to consider the digital chain of information. Although a plethora of CAD formats exist, only some are used for data transfer. The problem is that a true CAD data transfer standard for a 3DP-RDM ecosystem does not exist. The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of CAD data transfer standards within the 3DP-RDM landscape.
This will be achieved in three phases. In the first phase, a literature review will be conducted to understand the data flow from CAD to the process of Additive Manufacturing. In the second phase, we will examine AMF, STEP and STEP-NC formats that are most widely adopted and to investigate the advantages, disadvantages, similarities and differences of these standards. In the final phase, we will interview industry leaders and experts to obtain feedback. Through this survey, we aim to identify the beneficiaries of 3DP-RDM CAD data transfer standards; and which CAD data transfer standard has the greatest competitive advantage for a future 3DP-RDM landscape. We will also investigate the opportunities and requirements for open architecture data transfer standards.
Eujin works as a full-time academic within the Department of Design at Brunel University in the UK. He is the Convenor for the International Standards Organisation (ISO) Technical Committee for Data and Design Guidelines for Additive Manufacture; and Committee Member for British Standards Institution (BSI) AMT/8 for Additive Manufacturing, and BS8888 and BS8887. He is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Assembly Automation, and a Guest Editor for an upcoming Special Issue of the Rapid Prototyping Journal. For further information about this project or to engage in the feasibility study please contact him.
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.