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Developing a UK Strategy for Additive Manufacturing: Help needed

On March 10th, the first workshop to be run as part of the process to develop a UK Strategy for Additive Manufacturing (AM) was held at the MTC in Coventry. The event brought together representatives from a diverse range of organisations with an interest in AM, including leading manufacturing firms, AM/3DP service providers, sector networks, government agencies and universities.

The workshop was an important step in a year-long process of working with the AM community to help coordinate the development, diffusion and adoption of AM technology to support the UK’s industrial competitiveness. Drawing upon lessons captured by colleagues from the Centre for Science Technology and Innovation Policy on the development of public technology strategies in other countries, the development of the UK national strategy for AM will be developed using a combination of techniques. These will include multi-organisation workshops, calls for written evidence, working groups, white papers, and on-line communities.

The two key aims of the first workshop were to share the plan for developing the strategy with the AM community in order to build awareness and encourage engagement, and to use the substantial and diverse experience of the attendees to help target specific areas where evidence gathering should be targeted. Ideas were captured from 100 attendees using a simple structured ‘landscaping’ exercise.

Although the workshop was heavily over-subscribed, it was felt that several key areas were under-represented (e.g. the healthcare, IP, investment, maker and education communities). To address this, a second event will be run on the 25th March at the University of Nottingham. If you would like to apply to attend this event, please contact Phill Dickens or Donna Cope.

[Image source: Tim Minshall]

Creating the UK Additive Manufacturing Strategy

UK Additive Manufacturing National Strategy Event

“to maximise UK business growth and long term economic value in the successful industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing”

Would you like to influence the scope and shape of the UK Additive Manufacturing Strategy?

Representatives are needed from industrial sectors and supporting organisations to highlight their use of AM/3D Printing now, what their future use will be and what the barriers currently are.

To find out more about this event, please click here.

If you require additional information, please contact Donna Cope at donna@am-conference.com.

Presentation slides from 3DP-RDM Scoping Workshop

We’re sharing our presentation slides at the request of those that joined the scoping workshop on 30th January. The slides:

  • Introduce the 3DP-RDM project
  • Provide an overview of 3D printing/additive manufacturing
  • Describe some of the challenges of re-distributed manufacturing
  • Detail the structured discussion activities followed on the afternoon
  • List the highest priority research topics identified by participants
  • Introduce the feasibility study competition process
  • Request assistance with defining a National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing

A pdf of these slides is available here.

We hope that these slides might be useful both for those that attended the day and for those who were unfortunately unable to do so.

Defining the research agenda for 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturing (3DP-RDM)

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:

  1. The features of 3DP technologies that help enable re-distributed manufacturing;
  2. How re-distributed manufacturing may accelerate the diffusion of 3DP technologies, and vice-versa;
  3. 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.

Visit to the EPSRC Centre for Innovate Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing

On 28 April the Bit by Bit team travelled to Nottingham to meet members of the Executive Team at the EPSRC Centre for Innovate Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing, which is hosted by the Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG) at the University of Nottingham.

For this visit the Bit by Bit project team of Tim Minshall, Letizia Mortara, Simon Ford and Dominik Deradjat were joined by Ronan Daly and Ching-Hsien Chen, colleagues from the Inkjet Research Centre at IfM. At Nottingham the group met Prof. Richard Hague, Director of the Centre and Professor of Innovative Manufacturing; Chris Tuck, Deputy Director; Prof. Phill Dickens, Executive Board Member and Professor of Manufacturing Technology, and Phil Reeves, National Outreach Coordinator for the Centre and Managing Director of Econolyst.

During our visit we were treated to a tour of the facilities and heard about the evolution of the group’s research activities. The group has historically worked very closely with industry at higher technology readiness levels; in recent years it has expanded its range of activities to conduct more basic science and experimental work. The group is rapidly expanding, with it this year also becoming the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing.

As well as hearing about their activities, we also shared some of our current work on mapping the emergence of 3D printing. As our hosts have significantly more knowledge about the industry we received some excellent feedback on the content within the maps, had some outstanding questions resolved and some pointers on issues that we could investigate. We look forward to further discussions with the centre and participating at the Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing International Conference at Nottingham in July.

Image source: http://www.3dp-research.com/About-EPSRC-additive-manufacturing