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Dr Patrick Pradel

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Lecturer

Dr Patrick Pradel graduated from Politecnico di Milano in 2002 with a BSc. in Product Design and in 2008 with a MSc. in Design & Engineering. He then worked as a product designer at Whirlpool Co. Ltd R&D department and as a research assistant at Politecnico di Milano Reverse Modelling Lab.

During his studies he grew an intense interest in digital manufacturing technologies. After graduation, he accepted a PhD scholarship funded by BLM group at Politecnico di Milano laboratory for laser applications SITEC. During this time, he explored the capabilities of tubular laser cutting in product design.

In 2012, he joined the University of Nottingham Ningbo China as an assistant professor in where he contributed to the development of the freshly opened programme in product design and manufacture. There he lectured modules concerning design for manufacture, manufacturing process capabilities, automation, design process and product development.

In January 2016, he joined the Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group (D4DF) at the Loughborough Design School as a research associate working on the ESPRC funded project Design for Additive Manufacturing (D4AM) in collaboration with the University of Cambridge.  

Currently, he is a lecturer in Product Design working on design for competitive manufacturing of personalised products and computer planning (CAEFEM) analysis and simulation as part of the H2020 project AMaTUC.

Research Group: Design for Digital Fabrication.

Patrick is currently working on Design for competitive manufacturing of personalised products and computer planning (CAEFEM) analysis and simulation as part of the H2020 project AMaTUC. 

 

 

Recent research publications:

  • Tedjosaputro, M. A., Shih, Y. T., Pradel, P., & Niblock, C. (2018), Interplay of Sketches and Mental Imagery in the Design Ideation Stage of Novice Designers, The Design Journal. Vol 21. issue 1.
  • Zhu Z, Pradel P, Bibb R, Moultrie J, (2017) Economic Analysis of Plastic Additive Manufacturing for Production of End Use Products: A Preliminary Study, presented at RDPM 2017 Conference, Newcastle, UK.
  • Pradel P, Bibb R, Zhu Z, Moultrie J, (2017) Complexity Is Not For Free: The Impact of Component Complexity on Additive Manufacturing Build Time, presented at RDPM 2017 Conference, Newcastle, UK.
  • Zhu Z, Pradel P, Bibb R, Moultrie J, (2017) A framework for designing end use products for direct manufacturing using additive manufacturing technologies, accepted at ICED17, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Pradel P, Bibb R, Zhu Z, Moultrie J, (2017) Exploring the Impact of Shape Complexity on Build Time in Material Extrusion and Material Jetting, accepted at AMPA Conference 2017, Zurich, Swiss.
  • Zhu Z, Pradel P, Bibb R, Moultrie J, (2017) “A review of Design for Additive Manufacturing”, D4AM-1 Project Report
  • Pradel P, Zhu Z, Bibb R, Moultrie J, (2017) “Exploring experience, knowledge and information needs in design for additive manufacturing in product design – results from a survey”, D4AM-1 Project Report
  • Tedjosaputro, M. A., Shih, Y. T., Pradel, P., & Niblock, C. (2017). Differences in sketches and mental imagery in ideation stage of novice designer. Paper presented at the International Conference on Research into Design (ICoRD’17), Bangalore.

Patrick expertise rages from Product Design, Design for Digital Fabrication, Design for Manufacture and Assembly & Design education.