The final project report from the feasibility study led by Dr Peter Dorrington at PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University is now online. “Supporting SMEs in creating value through 3D printing re-distributed manufacturing” describes results of the work undertaken at PDR during 2016. The results of this project will be presented at the 3DP-RDM event 3D Printing Where and How on 31st January 2017 at the IfM in Cambridge.
The aim of this report is to present a feasibility study which investigates the key challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to create value through 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturing (3DP-RDM). The key challenges that are investigated in this study include:
- The lack of support tools that enable SMEs to see the impact of a 3DP-RDM
- The lack of design support tools for both 3DP and RDM;
- Primary knowledge gaps on 3D printing processes in SMEs;
- The gap in understanding and developing an appropriate skills-base within an organisation.
Data was collected through interviews, workshops and surveys with SMEs operating at a range of engagement levels on the 3DP-RDM spectrum. In addition industry and academic experts in the field of 3D printing were consulted. Analysis of the data was undertaken through affinity mapping; thematic analysis; IDEF0 NPD analysis; testing of a value capturing tool; and quantitative survey analysis. The results section of this study maps out in detail the keys challenges relating to points 1 to 4 above.
Accepting the limitations of such a feasibility study, the following recommendations are made to support SMEs in creating value through 3DP-RDM:
- Embedding 3D printing in secondary education, and tertiary education;
- Engaging SMEs in the 3DP-RDM conversation;
- Addressing training needs for 3DP-RDM in SMEs;
- Furthering the research agenda for 3DP-RDM.
[Image source: PDR]
What: Final dissemination event of the 3DP-RDM network
Where: IfM, Cambridge
When: 31st January 2017
How: Register your participation on Eventbrite
Following the completion of the second round of 3DP-RDM feasibility studies you are warmly invited to join this dissemination event to hear the final results of these studies. This EPSRC-funded event will feature presentations from the four 3DP-RDM feasibility studies conducted during 2016. Registration for this event is free but tickets are limited. Register your participation on Eventbrite.
12:30 Lunch, registration and networking
13:30 Welcome and introductions
13:45 Overview of 3DP-RDM
14:00 Supporting SMEs in creating value through 3DP-RPM, Dr Peter Dorrington, Cardiff Metropolitan University
14:45 3D Printing Production Planning (3DPPP): reactive manufacturing execution driving re-distributed manufacturing, Dr Martin Baumers, University of Nottingham
15:30 Refreshments and networking
16:00 A feasibility study of mass customisation governance: regulation, liability, and intellectual property of re‐distributed manufacturing in 3D printing, Dr Phoebe Li, University of Sussex
16:45 Driving Innovation in Redistributed Manufacturing: A Comparative Study in the British and Italian Motorsport Valleys, Dr Paolo Aversa, City University, and Dr Sebastiano Massaro, University of Warwick
17:45 Close and networking
Following the recent feasibility study competition, the 3DP-RDM network is funding four projects in 2016. In this series of blog posts we introduce the four studies. Today we introduce the third study, “Supporting SMEs in creating value through 3DP-RDM”, which is being led by Dr Peter Dorrington at the PDR Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Click through to their blog to read the introduction to the project.
[Image source: Peter Dorrington]
The 2016 3DP-RDM Feasibility Study Competition came to a close four weeks ago with us receiving 24 applications. Today I’m able to announce that the review panel have selected the following four projects to receive funding:
- A feasibility study of mass customisation governance: regulation, liability, and intellectual property of re‐distributed manufacturing in 3D printing, Phoebe Li, University of Sussex
- 3D Printing Production Planning (3DPPP): reactive manufacturing execution driving re-distributed manufacturing, Martin Baumers, University of Nottingham
- Supporting SMEs in creating value through 3DP-RPM, Peter Dorrington, PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Driving Innovation in Redistributed Manufacturing: A Comparative Study in the British and Italian Motorsport Valleys, Paolo Aversa, City University London, and Sebastiano Massaro, University of Warwick
Our congratulations go to the successful applicants, whose projects you’ll be able to read more about soon. We regret that we couldn’t fund more projects and hope that those that we haven’t been able to support find alternative funding for their projects.