Tag Archives: RDM

New report: Mass customisation governance

We’re pleased to be able to share the final project report from the feasibility study led by Dr Phoebe Li at University of Sussex. “Mass customisation governance: regulation, liability, and intellectual property of re-distributed manufacturing in 3D bioprinting” describes results of their work undertaken during the 2016 round of 3DP-RDM feasibility studies. The results of this project were presented at the 3DP-RDM event 3D Printing Where and How on 31st January 2017 at the IfM in Cambridge.


Phoebe Li, Alex Faulkner, James Griffin and Nick Medcalf

The feasibility study assesses the impacts of existing legal regimes on re-distributed manufacturing (RDM) in 3D printing (3DP). It investigates the viability of an embedded watermarking system into mass customisation governance of RDM as part of the potential impact of the three most important regimes on 3DP – regulation, liability, and intellectual property (IP) – in order to secure safety, quality control, surveillance, and traceability.

Download the report

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Special Session on Re-Distributed Manufacturing at CIRP Conference

A special session entitled “Re-distributed Manufacturing – Pathway to Impact, UK and Global Perspectives” has been proposed for the 50th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems to be held May 3-5 2017 in Taichung City, Taiwan. Those interested in submitting a paper to the special session can find the Call for Papers here. Abstracts are due by 15 November 2016, with full papers due by 30 December 2016.

Re-distributed manufacturing in Healthcare Network – Call for Feasibility Study Proposals

One of 3DP-RDM’s sister networks, the Re-distributed manufacturing in Healthcare Network (RiHN) has today launched its call for feasibility study proposals. From the call document:

This call aims to support studies that will contribute towards the development of the research agenda for RDM in healthcare. Feasibility studies would be expected to address specific interdisciplinary research challenges, which may include a number of those identified from the Sandpit outputs but may build on new proposals of value to the concept of RDM. Suggestions for potential healthcare product themes include, but are not limited to:

  1. Medical Devices
  2. Pharmaceuticals
  3. Advanced therapeutics (cell and tissue)
  4. Bespoke implants and prosthetics
  5. Assistive devices
  6. Diagnostics

Although studies are not restricted to these six themes, projects are expected to consider challenges common to all these areas, such as:
Regulatory aspects

  • Dispensing and application issues – “the last 100 yards”
  • Movement of devices into the home (hospital-to-home)
  • Distributed supply chains
  • The development and location of micro-factories

The overall budget for the call is £312k at 80% fEC, with 3-6 studies being funded.

The deadline for submissions is 17th July 2015. Details of the call can be found here.

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Re-distributed Manufacturing and the Resilient, Sustainable City (RDM|RSC) Network – Launch Event

Highly adaptable manufacturing processes capable of operating at small scales offer the possibility of a new understanding of where and how design, manufacture and services may be carried out to achieve the most appropriate mix of capability and employment but also to minimise environmental costs and to ensure resilience of provision. The Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter and the West of England and Cardiff University are leading a research network, funded by the EPSRC and ESRC, to study the potential impact of such re-distributed manufacturing (RDM) at the scale of the city and its hinterland, using Bristol as an example in its European Green Capital year, and concentrating on the issues of resilience and sustainability.

This network, the Re-distributed Manufacturing and the Resilient, Sustainable City (RDM|RSC) network, aims to study the impact of RDM from a number of disciplinary perspectives, bringing together experts in manufacturing, design, logistics, operations management, infrastructure, engineering systems, economics, geographical sciences, mathematical modelling and beyond. The network will also explore research mechanisms by which interdisciplinary teams may come together to address societal grand challenges and develop research agendas for their solution.

The network is holding its launch event in Bristol on 22 April. This event will introduce the network, initiate discussion on the key issues for the research agenda and start building a community of those with shared interests.

The Provisional Programme is as follows (full details will be circulated before the event):

10:30-11:00   Arrival and Registration
11:00-11:15   Introduction to the Re-distributed Manufacturing (RDM) network programme and to the RDM|RSC network
11:15-12:30   Perspectives on RDM and on the challenges of achieving resilient, sustainable cities
12:30-13:30   Lunch and networking
13:30-16:00   Presentations and workshop discussions on key issues and on approaches to research collaboration
16:00-16:30   Closing remarks

Numbers are limited so please register attendance here. For further information please contact the network administrator Sophie Causon-Wood.

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