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
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