‘Future Factories’: developing individualised production methods

UNVER, Ertu, DEAN, Lionel T. and ATKINSON, Paul (2003). ‘Future Factories’: developing individualised production methods. In: AED 2003 : 3rd International Conference on Advanced Engineering Design. Prague, Czech Republic, Process Engineering Publisher, 1-9.

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'Future Factories' is an exploration of the possibilities for flexibility in the manufacture of artefacts inherent in digitally driven production techniques. The concept considers individualised production – in which a random element of variance over parameters such as the relative positioning of features, scale, proportion, surface texture, and the like is introduced by the computer within a parameter envelope defined by the designer. This paper is the feasibility study of, and design of, a production system for the 'Future Factories' concept. In 'Future Factories', a production system is envisaged in which the consumer is presented with a 3D digital model of the design. The design is presented as an animation showing the design morphing within a parameter envelope specified by the designer. At any given point the consumer may freeze the design, place an order, and generate the relevant digital production files (.stl etc.). A unique, individual artefact will then be manufactured using Rapid Prototyping techniques. This may be achieved directly, via Stereo Laser Sintering in a suitable material for example, or indirectly via the production of a single use tool or pattern. This paper presents results from research conducted as part of the Designer in Residence project at the School of Design Technology, University of Huddersfield. Firstly a selection of design concepts with associated parameter envelopes are created using relevant 3D design software. Animations are then created showing the design moving within its parameter envelope. A new computer program is being developed to enable the generation of digital production files direct from a selected animation frame. There will be a study of existing rapid prototyping techniques with regard to their suitability for direct manufacture of this type and speculation on future potential.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Depositing User: Paul Atkinson
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 11:43
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2015 19:57
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8666

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