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.
Patrick's expertise ranges from Product Design, Design for Digital Fabrication, Design for Manufacture and Assembly & Design Education.
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.