Research areas

The Unit currently has the following research interests and would be happy to explore any of these with interested parties.

Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacture

  • Rapid technologies in novel applications
  • Industrial applications of rapid technologies to make time/cost saving
  • Medical and facial applications of rapid prototyping techniques
  • Virtual environment modeling and business applications
  • The use of CAD technologies to streamline/challenge conventional design processes

More information on these areas can be found on the National Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacture Conference website - an event co-organised by LPDU.

Sustainable Engineering

  • The use of eco-design methods within industry to make time/cost savings
  • The interpretation of carbon footprinting/weighting in various applications and where boundaries should be drawn
  • Investigating challenges posed by carbon footprinting/weighting in manufacturing

Engaging HEIs and the Wider Community

  • The benefits gained by regional construction SMEs after undergoing work-based training
  • The role of HEIs in designing and delivering economic regeneration Projects/Programmes
  • Theorising the process of knowledge exchange and technology transfer between Universities and Businesses
  • Understanding the quantitative and qualitative impacts of University-delivered business support