Professor Ian Campbell

  • Professor of Computer Aided Product Design

After graduating from Brunel University in 1985 with a BSc in the Special Engineering Programme, Professor Campbell worked as a design engineer, first in Ford Motor Company, and later in the Rover Group. Most of his design experience in both companies was with internal combustion engines. In 1989, he was appointed as a Senior Teaching Fellow for CAD/CAM at the University of Warwick. This gave him the opportunity to raise his awareness of CAD/CAM technology and practices. He remained in this position for four years, during which time, he undertook a part-time MSc degree by research. In 1993, he obtained a lectureship at the University of Nottingham where he was a member of the ground-breaking Rapid Prototyping Research Group, led by Phill Dickens. His principal area of research was the integration of rapid prototyping into the design process and he gained his PhD on this topic in 1998. He moved to Loughborough University as a Senior Lecturer in October 2000 and was made a Reader in 2006. His publications include four edited books, over forty academic journal articles and around one hundred other research outputs.

• Editor of Rapid Prototyping Journal since 1995

• Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since 2008

• Associate Consultant for Wohlers Associates since 2014


Design rules for Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing, archaeological applications of scanning, CAD and Additive Manufacturing; computer-aided design (CAD); 3D printing and using CAD within product design practice.

Research group: Digital Design & Fabrication

The Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group (D4DF) focuses on the aspects of design which support a range ‎of automated, computer-controlled manufacturing processes to bring the virtual into physical reality, as well as the ‎psychosocial and economic impacts of these processes. This research focuses on 3D ‎Printing and Additive Manufacturing technologies but also encompasses 3D scanning, CAD and digital manufacturing processes such as laser cutting and CNC machining.‎The group feeds into Loughborough University’s campus-wide Additive ‎Manufacturing Research Group.

Prof. Campbell's primary area of research is the effective use of computer technologies within product design. This includes the use of innovative CAD interfaces (e.g. haptic modelling), using 3D printing to increase user participation in the design process and developing a methodology for designers to follow when designing products for additive manufacturing.

Industrial involvement in this research has come from Procter and Gamble, Jaguar Cars, Frito Lay and DaimlerChrysler, amongst others. Long-term research partnerships have been developed with the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, the University of Maribor and the Vaal University of Technology, where he is a Visiting Professor.

Funding sources have included EPSRC, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the European Commission, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

  • DSA004 Foundation Technology
  • DSB008 Further Mechanics for Design
  • DSB011 Physical and Virtual Prototyping in Design
  • DSB014 Design Communication
  • DSC006 Applications of Mechanics and Electronics for Design
  • DSC025 Computer Aided Modelling and Manufacture
  • DSP859 Industrial Design Major Project