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MADE in Cambridge!

By Alex | April 11, 2011

The 15th Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium was held on 23rd – 24th September 2010 at Churchill College, Cambridge University. At this event I presented a paper entitled ‘Design for Manufacture and Sustainability in New Product Development’. The paper relating to this in the proceedings can be downloaded from IFM’s website by clicking on the link associated with its title. Following publication in the IFM Symposium proceedings (ISBN 978-1-902546-90-2), an abridged version was printed in the March/April edition of the Journal of The Institution of Engineering Designers. Here it was re-titled as ‘Design for life (and beyond)’.

Both this and my earlier literature review paper in The Journal of the Institution of Engineering Designers generated positive comments and feedback from Industrial Practitioners. This is particularly pleasing as a secondary goal of my PhD research is to stimulate discussion about Sustainable Design and especially Design for Manufacture Assembly Disassembly and End-of-Life Processing (DfMADE).

At the same event, I was pleased to be named as co-author on a paper by another Brunel University academic, Rebecca De Coster. Her paper is entitled ‘Sustainable Development Strategies for Product Provision and Manufacturing Approaches’. This work has been further developed with reference to case studies from my own research. In this revised form it has now been accepted into the 21st International Conference on Production Research which will run from 31st July – 4th August, 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany. The title of this new paper is ‘Sustainable Design Strategies for Electronics Products Utilising Life-cycle Assessment (LCA)’.

At ReSCon (2010) I won a prize of £400 awarded by Brunel University for my oral presentation entitled ‘Economic benefits of Sustainable Design Standards in Industry’. This money was used fund my attendance at the 15th Cambridge IFM symposium.

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One Response to “MADE in Cambridge!”

  1. Alex Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    The ‘Design for Life’ paper was used to promote the sale of a company concerned with the development of aircraft components that last longer, and can be disassembled and repaired more easily than the current equivalent in-service version.


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