University of Cambridge
RCUK NEMODE Session — Friday 13th June 2014, 3:00pm
TWITTER | @LM367
TITLE | Bit by bit: Capturing value from the digital fabrication revolution
ABSTRACT | Digital fabrication (which includes processes termed ‘additive manufacturing’ or ’3D printing’) is thought by some commentators to be underpinning a potential manufacturing revolution. Covering a broad range of technologies, digital fabrication offers the prospects of on-demand, mass personalisation, with more localised, flexible and sustainable production. These technologies have the potential to disrupt the organisation of manufacturing and the ways in which companies create and capture value. This programme of research aims to: (1) address key research questions relating to the emergence of digital fabrication and its impact upon the UK economy, and (2) deliver an enduring cross-disciplinary research platform for responding to future digital economy-related research challenges.
BIOGRAPHY | Letizia Mortara is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. She joined the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management as a Research Associate in 2005. Prior to this she gained her first degree in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Bologna in Italy. After spending three years working as a process/product manager in the chemical industry, she moved to the UK where she gained her PhD in processing and process scale-up of advanced ceramic materials at Cranfield University. Letizia’s research centres on understanding how companies could keep abreast with the latest developments in technology and how they can adopt an open approach to innovate.Together with colleagues Simon Ford and Tim Minshall, she is currently focusing on Digital Fabrication technologies in manufacturing and their implications for business. Letizia will describe this project, “Bit by bit: Capturing value from the digital fabrication revolution” reporting on its aims and observations to date.