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Post Industrial Manufacturing Research Group

Post Industrial Manufacturing Research Group

Research Centre
Art and Design Research Centre

2002 - ongoing

Post Industrial Manufacturing will change the very nature of design

For a number of years now, I have been considering the impact of new and emerging technologies in computer aided design and direct digital manufacture. The implications are incredible. Post Industrial Manufacturing will change the very nature of design, the way we teach design, and the relationship of consumers to products. I lead the research group on Post Industrial Manufacturing, and have spoken around the world on the subject. The group's research projects have produced book sections, journal articles, academic papers and public exhibitions of radical design work.

The most recent exhibition was Automake and FutureFactories, held at Hub, the National Centre for Craft and Design in 2008.
Recent book sections and articles covering this work include:

Atkinson, P (2011) ‘Post Industrial Manufacturing: The Impact of Emerging Production Technologies on Design’ in Atkinson, P (Ed.) Designing Impact! Approaches to Applied Research, Northend, Sheffield, 256 pp ISBN: 978-0-95683366-2, pp. 170-179

Atkinson, P (2011) ‘Ghosts of the Profession: Open Design and Post Industrial Manufacturing’ in, Trautenberger, G (Ed.) Open Design, Creative Industries Styria, pp 18, 20 ISBN 978-3-902748-03-4

Atkinson, P, Marshall, J, Unver, E & Dean, LT (2011) I Did it My Way: User engagement in Post Industrial Manufacturing, Proceedings of SIM2011: Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing, Leiria pp 679-687, IST Press, ISBN 978-989-8481-03-0
also published in

Ipser, C (Ed) Fabvolution: Developments in Digital Fabrication, Institut de Cultura – Disseny Hub Barcelona, pp. 81-87 ISBN 978-8-498-50391-3

Atkinson, P (2010) All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Craft Jewellery and Digital Manufacturing, Design & Craft: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Design History & Design Studies, Brussels pp 454-457 ISBN 978-90-6569-071-5

Researchers involved

Dr Cóilín O'Dubhghaill - Senior Research Fellow in Metalwork and Jewellery

Professor Paul Atkinson - Professor of Design and Design History

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