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Design for Additive Manufacturing

Cambridge and Loughborough University

Principal Investigator

James is a Senior Lecturer in Design at the University of Cambridge, the Director of Graduate Education for the School of Technology, and a Fellow in engineering at Selwyn College, Cambridge. James’s research focuses on the management and execution of design, with an emphasis on the integration of design with new technology. Before joining academia, James had an industrial career, as a project manager, senior engineer and marketing product manager. In industry he was responsible for the development of precision instruments and also lenses for the movie industry, for which he was awarded a 'Scientific and Technical Academy Award' (better known as an Oscar) and an Emmy in 2000. James received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2004, working on the ‘Good Design Practice’ project, aiming to bring leading design practices to SMEs. He currently coordinates the Design Management Group in the Institute for Manufacturing, and works closely with the Engineering Design Centre, both part of the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. Dr Moultrie is an Associate Editor of Creativity and Innovation Management Journal, where he has been responsible for two special editions.



Richard is a Professor in Medical Applications of Design at Loughborough Design School. He has significant expertise and experience in design and Additive Manufacturing for more than 20 years. Since gaining his PhD from the University of Wales in 1999, he has specialised in the application of design techniques and product development technologies in medicine. In particular, his research has focused on the application of Rapid Prototyping / 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing in modelling patient anatomy; the design and manufacture of prostheses; surgical planning and the design and ‎manufacture of implants, surgical guides and instruments. Richard co-founded the Centre for Applied Reconstructive Technologies in Surgery and ‎helped to establish the International Conference on Advanced Digital Technologies in Head and Neck ‎Reconstruction and associated ADT Foundation and served as a Director of MediWales (the medical ‎technology forum for Wales). Prof. Bibb is on the Peer Review Colleges of EPSRC and AHRC and in 2014 was ‎appointed to the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Strategic Advisory Team. He is on the editorial board of the Rapid Prototyping Journal and has regularly reviewed for a wide variety of international conferences and journals.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Zicheng Portrait undertook his PhD research at University of Bath, UK, within the field of hybrid manufacture technologies. He investigated a process planning approach for the hybrid process consisting of additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies. Upon obtaining his PhD in 2013, Zicheng moved to Singapore, working as a research fellow in Singapore Centre for 3D Printing at Nanyang Technological University. He was then appointed as an assistant professor in manufacturing engineering at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He has previously been involved in a number of projects on additive manufacturing (AM), in particular, fused deposition modelling, selective laser sintering and 3D bioprinting. In early 2016, Zicheng joined the Design Management Group as a research associate in the Department of Engineering, Cambridge, exploring new design rules for additive manufacturing in the D4AM project funded by EPSRC. His research interests include product and engineering design, AM, machining, process planning and CAD/CAM.


Patrick portrait_1 received his PhD degree in Design from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, investigating the design capabilities of tubular laser cutting in product design under Prof. Barbara Previtali. He also worked as design consultant for BLM group and Whirlpool Europe. In 2012, he joined the University of Nottingham Ningbo China as an assistant professor in product design and manufacture where he contributed to the development of the freshly opened programme in product design and manufacture. There he lectured modules related to design for manufacture, manufacturing process capabilities, automation, design process and product development. In January 2016, he joined as a research associate the Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group (D4DF) at Loughborough Design School and he is currently working on the ESPRC funded project Design for Additive Manufacturing (D4AM). His research interests involve digital fabrication for product design, emerging technologies, frugal innovation and design education.