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Introducing the 3DP-RDM Feasibility Studies: Investigating the Impact of CAD Data Transfer Standards for 3DP-RDM

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.

About Eujin

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.


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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New Bit by Bit paper on the economic implications of additive manufacturing

At the invitation of Prof.  Frédéric Theisse, Chair of Information Systems Engineering as the University of Würzburg, the Bit by Bit team recently joined forces with collaborators at the University of Stuttgart, RWTH Aachen University and Darmstadt University of Technology on a paper about the future of additive manufacturing.

The resulting article “Economic Implications of Additive Manufacturing and the Contribution of MIS” provides an overview  of additive manufacturing as an industrial manufacturing technique; describes how additive manufacturing may enable a shift from user innovation to user manufacturing; discusses the impact of the technology on economy and society, and envisions a research agenda for 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturing. No prizes for guessing what we contributed!

The article will soon be published in Business & Information Systems Engineering and is now available to read online.

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