Additive Manufacturing Research Group

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Dr Abby Paterson PhD BSc

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Lecturer in Industrial & Product Design

Academic/Professional Background:

  • January 2014 - present   Lecturer in Industrial & Product Design, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, UK.
  • September 2012 – December 2013   Lecturer in Computer Aided Design, School of Materials, University of Manchester, UK.
  • 2009 – 2013   PhD in design of assistive devices using Computer Aided Design and Additive Manufacturing, Loughborough University, UK.
  • 2005   BSc Industrial Design and Technology, Loughborough University, UK.


Dr Paterson specialises in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) to support Subtractive and Additive Manufacture. Her research interests include the use of CAD and design for AM with respects to custom-made wrist splints and other assistive devices for improved patient health and wellbeing; the former being the basis for her PhD, which she completed at Loughborough University in 2013.

Abby accepted her first lectureship position at the University of Manchester in 2012 within the School of Materials. During that time, Abby taught CAD/CAM for a range of disciplines, from mechanical engineering to fashion design. She returned to Loughborough University in 2014, and has continued teaching CAD/CAM to undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Research Interests:

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Design for Additive Manufacture
  • Design for medical applications
  • Medical applications of Additive Manufacturing
  • Laser scanning
  • Reverse engineering


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