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3DP-RDM Feasibility Studies

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are seeking research on the following issue:

The objective of “Defining the research agenda for 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturing” (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 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturing. Following the first call for feasibility studies in January 2015, four studies were funded in 2015 around the themes of cost modelling, 3D printing machine-enabled networks, CAD data transfer standards, and material supply chains. In 2016, a further two to three feasibility studies will be conducted.

These feasibility studies should explore:

  • The features of 3D printing (3DP) technologies that help enable re-distributed manufacturing (RDM)
  • 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 3DP-RDM Scoping workshop of 14 January 2016 identified some possible topics for investigation through feasibility studies. These include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • What does the ecosystem and business model look like for different sectors/products Education: 3D design skill as a new form of “literacy”
  • New design tools for AM and RDM Design: customer-driven, design principles and guidelines for non engineers
  • Product liability: standards and regulations around quality and performance, and how to allocate responsibility
  • Quality metrics: what, how, when?

Deadline for proposals: 22 February

Funding available: £35,000-£65,000

For more information, please contact rketenders@mmu.ac.uk

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