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Additive Designing


About the project

Digital materials, tools, fabrication and distribution have grown rapidly in the past two decades. For design, at AHO this has not only had an impact on the foundations and growth of Interaction Design, but it has transformed part of our approach to what was earlier termed Industrial Design and now known as Product Design. Our work in Product Design has shifted through exploration and experimentation with 3D printing, more formally now known as Additive Manufacturing (AM).

This project spans many years of innovation, in teaching and in research in Additive Manufacturing. AHO was an earlier adopter of 3D printing and was able to experiment with its uses in developing pedagogies suited to the application of new tools, materials and processes in the domain of Product Design.

Through teaching based research we have built up a body of experiential knowledge that we have then translated more formally into critical reflection and published research. This has included PhDs and a range of papers and journal articles, talks and presentations to a diversity of audiences.

It has taken time to reposition design based inquiry into Additive Manufacturing as Additive Design.

Since 1994, AM teaching and research has been central to Industrial Design/NPD at AHO and our internationally acknowledged AICE Approach and Additive Designing group research anthology Killi, (2017). Additive Manufucturing was established at AHO in 1997. It is currently one of a handful of design centred groups and research and masters and PhD contexts on Additive Manufacturing.

Today we have a vibrant research group with a key project in design and AM, set of diverse research, educational and industry outcomes. In 2020 this work has clear Links to the new AHO Strategy 2025 in exploring AM and sustainability.

Overall, our goal is to build transdisciplinary inquiry on New Product Development with links to Interaction, Service, Systems and Product Design. The group is developing NPD and Strategic and Service Design and practice methodologies, e.g. international webinar Golden Eagle AM Series 29 Oct 2020.

Memberships of international groups/fora/conferences
Our group leader Steinar Killi is an invited contributor, reviewer, member and keynote for:
IMCIC Conference
IIISConference (S. Killi is an interdisciplinary fellow)Progress in Digital and Physical Manufacturing (S. Killi on conference scientific committee)
International Journal of Systemics and Cybernetics

Steiinar Killi is now internationally acknowledged for his design based takes on AM, such as in the following keynotes:
BIT’s 4th Annual World Congress of Advanced Materials 2015
IMCIC International conference on Systemics 2017
PRODpm 2019 Progress in digital Manufacturing
IMCIC International conference on Systemics 2020

Operational Group Consortium
Includes active work with parters in 7 countries:
University of Manchester (UK): Prof Paolo Bartolo
ELISAVA University Barcelona (ES): Assoc Prof Oscar Tomico
University of Toronto (CA): Assoc Prof Matt Ratto
University of Antwerp (BE): Assoc Prof Jouke Verlinden
University of Southampton (UK): Prof Neil Hopkinson
University of Leira (PO): Prof Henriqe Almeida
Tennesse Tech (US): Prof Ismail Khudan
International Institute of Informtatics and Systemics (US)/ Simon Bolivar University (VE): Prof Nagib Kalous

Related AHO research partneships
OCEAN research group
Prof. Birger Sevaldson (IDE)
Prof. Michael Hensel (ARK)

Recent AHO linkages
Include connections to and potential of Strategic and Service Design with AM

Active Industry partnerships
K8 (Norway; William Kempton)
Adidas (International; Steinar Killi, Claire Dennington)

Related teaching and research
The AM group has been developing teaching based research and research based teaching over the past 15 years, with a set of related peer reviewed publications.