Profs Newnes (PI) and Prof Hicks (CoI) are part of an interdisciplinary team of eleven from the universities of Bath and Bristol that have been awarded £1.8M to investigate the knowledge, skills and tool sets that will underpin the next generation of trans-disciplinary design engineers and research engineers. The five-year project has just started with an inaugural workshop planned for the The 25th International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering (TE2018) in Modena on July 3rd. A project website will be launched very soon!
Prof Hicks and Dr Snider have worked with colleagues in the manufacturing division at Bristol to develop a very timely project aiming to create a platform (tools, methods and hardware) that enables the automated twinning and revision control of digital models and physical prototypes during prototyping. The research and technical challenges include: methods for determining and characterising changes to digital models and psychical models, means for automatically constructing/modifying digital models, process planning approaches for hybrid (additive and subtractive) modification of prototypes, and revision control methodologies. The 4 year £1.65M project includes a number of collaborators from the LoCM project (Autodesk and Altuity) and will commence in the summer of 2018. More details can be found here and the project website can be accessed via the Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab website (here).