25 Jun 2021
Loughborough researchers part of £7.3m project that will create the first-ever manufacturing cyber-seed
The first-ever manufacturing ‘cyber seed’ which grows just like a plant and produces innovative designs for products ranging from aircraft parts to medical devices has been conceptualised by researchers – and now it is being brought to life.
The cyber seed will allow scientists to generate new products – bespoke to end-users and suited to the local environment with the materials available - at the tap of a button from anywhere in the world.
A team of experts from Loughborough University’s School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, and the University of York have been awarded £7.3 million by EPSRC for the ‘RIED’ (Re-Imagining Engineering Design) project.
The new research, which is being led by Queen’s University Belfast, has the potential to transform how design and manufacturing organisations work. It could make manufacturing more efficient, distributed, and accessible to many sectors.