Brunel University London hosted the 16th Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing (RDPM) held from 4th to 5th April 2019. The conference was organised by Dr Eujin Pei, PGR Director from the Department of Design, and supported by the Institute of Materials and Manufacturing. Professor Hamid Bahai, Director for the Institute of Materials and Manufacturing gave an overview of the institute and recent projects, followed by a total of 24 presentations that were delivered across two days from UK institutions as well as attracting other universities afield, such as the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania; the Medical University of Vienna, Austria; Helmut Schmidt University, Germany; Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy; and Politecnico di Milano, Italy. During the conference, an overview of INEX-ADAM was presented to the audience to inform them about the current mapping of all consortium partners to identify the competencies of Additive Manufacturing from each partner institution, leading to a high-level knowledge transfer programme for the University of Zagreb as the lead beneficiary. The RDPM Conference was primarily aimed at postgraduate researchers, research assistants and early career academics in the field of Additive Manufacturing, offering many of them often for the first time a platform where they were able to present their latest research in a supportive, constructive and encouraging environment, whilst networking with their peers from other institutions.
Eujin Pei, Department of Design
The 2nd project meeting of INEX-ADAM was held on 22 March 2019 at the Department of Design of Brunel University London (UBRUN). The representatives from all partners were present in the meeting. The meeting was organised by Dr Eujin Pei, Work Package 2 leader and supported by Dr Busayawan Lam, Dr Fabrizio Ceschin and Dr Israt Kabir. The welcome talk outlining the project background and work packages was delivered by Dr Eujin Pei; the initial findings of data mapping task were also presented. Professor Hamid Bahai, Director of the Institute of Materials and Manufacturing gave the overview of current research projects of the institute and other partnership programmes with BIC, BSIRC and AMCC. Professor David Harrison, Director of Design Research gave an overview of the research projects on Additive Manufacturing at the department, and also described some of the PhD research from the department. Professor Karnik Tarvedi, Director of Extrusion Technology at the Wolfson Centre, presented the state-of-the-art of extrusion technology of composite materials being developed at the centre. After the presentation, the steering committee discussion took place, where the project manager for INEX-ADAM, Maja Rujnić Havstad from UNIZAG FSB highlighted the past six months’ project outcomes and upcoming deliverables. A brainstorming session for the next deliverable about training and education plan for UNIZAG FSB led by Dr Eujin Pei, Dr Busayawan Lam and Dr Fabrizio Ceschin took place. Dr Joamin Gonzalez-Gutierrez from MUL explained their experience about the ongoing training programme. Dr Julia María Ureña Alcazar from AIDIMME also presented their tentative training plan. To date, UBRUN has completed the Data Mapping of the partners’ resources, expertise and projects on Additive Manufacturing research. Based on the final outcome of data mapping knowing the competencies of each partner, a curricula of high-level knowledge transfer programmed will be delivered for UNIZAG FSB. The guests visited the 3D Printing lab, design workshops and the Experimental Techniques Centre (ETC), followed by short trip to the Central Research Laboratory (CRL). The ETC specialises in sophisticated characterisation and analysis of materials and the CRL is a co-working incubation centre which supports Brunel graduate start-ups to develop their ideas as a sustainable business. The meeting concluded with a complementary dinner at the town centre in Uxbridge, London.
Israt Kabir and Eujin Pei, Department of Design
On 10 September 2018, the project partners held the kick-off meeting at the coordinator’s headquarters, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. After a brief presentation of each of the project partners and the different departments of the coordinator (Departments of Technology, Design and Materials), a review of the 5 work packages to be carried out until the end of the project has been made.