Semester 1, 2013

With Dr Scott Mayson (Tuesday Afternoons) and Nigel Brockbank (Thursday Afternoons)

Keywords: additive manufacture | flexible design | bespoke production | crowdfunding

Technology evangelists imagine the future where you download and manufacture you own products straight from your own personal manufacturing machine, a future where the traditional industries no longer exist. This studio will allow you to develop an approach to additive manufacturing and future forecast how the industries of tomorrow will change the way we manufacture products. In the last few years there has been a shift in both manufacturing processes and methods of construction within additive manufacturing.  With these changes manufacturing jobs are returning to high-wage economies, due to flattened machine costs irrespective of their geographic location.

The world around us is changing at a rapid pace, where our physical tools of choice today will be different tomorrow. Todays manufacturing methods are currently changing from single production lines to flexible, just in time, manufacturing opportunities. An example is the difference between current car manufacturing lines and a new flexible, robotic, assembly approach at Teslar Motors. The ‘addi-facture’ studio will explore future, flexible, additive manufacturing transitions from traditional ‘cheap labour’ assembly lines to ‘high value’ flexible bespoke production. This will involve reinterpreting the future of design methods, manufacturing processes and crowdfunding opportunities.

You will need to identify an achievable topic developing a proposition, user analysis and market proposition. A series of case studies will be provided to kick off your thinking. After this a design process and identified OEM components suppliers will be developed including an approach to flexible parametric modelling, iterative additive manufacturing prototypes, will be proposed in order to refine and package your design for your market.

With the advent of crowdfunding sites, Kickstarter, Indiegogo or Pozible, you will need to develop a strategy for explaining the importance of your design to potential backers. The best advantages of crowdfunding are; they let you know if your idea is needed through pledge limits. This way if you are successful, the funds will allow for further development and production with little to no financial backing.

Case studies include:

13:30 Headphones –

Makies –

Pixoxos twitter printer –

Candy-O-Rama –

Required Texts

Prototyping and Model Making for Product Design. Bjarki Hallgrimsson, 2012. Lawrence King ISBN 13: 978-1-85669-876-4

Makers: the new industrial revolution. Chris Anderson 2012. Random House ISBN 978-0-307-72095-5 eISBN 978-0-307-72097-9

SolidProfessor – self paced learning for SolidWorks 3d cad

Cornucopia: Digital Chocolatier

© Marcelo Coelho – MIT Media Lab


Prototype as Product: 13:30 Headphones

© John Mabry – Teague Design


Pixoxos: Tweet Printer

© Scott Mayson