Governments around the world have high hopes for Additive Manufacturing (AM) also widely referred to as 3D printing. But if it is to have the economic impact they are looking for, there needs to be a better understanding of both the huge opportunities AM presents as well as the barriers that may prevent it realising its potential.
Dr Simon Ford, from IfM's Centre for Technology Management, explains why we need to take a clear-eyed view of this much hyped technology if it is to realise its potential.
Aimed at the busy practising engineer who wishes to become familiar with the fundamentals of fluid mechanics as quickly and painlessly as possible. The essential ideas are presented in a clear and concise way, using straightforward mathematics, links with everyday observations, and some simple engineering calculations.?(1996, hardbound, 230 pages)
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the use of inkjet printing for digital fabrication along with practical information on industrial applications, with contributions from academic researchers and leading names in industry.
From droplet formation to final applications, this practical book presents the subject in a comprehensive and clear form, using only content derived from the latest published results.
Flow Measurement Handbook is a reference for engineers on flow measurement techniques and instruments. This is the second edition.
How to 'herd wild cats' and create breakthrough strategies.
Dr Clive Kerr and Dr Rob Phaal from the IfM?s Centre for Technology Management (CTM) are looking at better ways to design and use management tools and toolkits.
Design for transformation
Explains how to assess product design capability through the use of a product and process audit.
Offers practical guidance for the effective management of product development collaborations.
Provides cost analysis techniques and design tactics for products manufactured in small batch sizes, to help you meet demanding cost targets or reduce manufacturing costs. £39 (2001, Spiralbound, 88 pages)
Explores ways in which designers might support the commercialisation of early stage science.
IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) has developed a bespoke executive education programme for IT experts at the global technology company, Atos.
Global supply chains
Deals with one of the most problematic stages in international manufacturing transfer - evaluating the ease or difficulty with which a particular technology may be moved to a new location. (1999, Spiralbound, 68 pages)
A step-by-step guide to planning the international transfer of production technology, allowing potential problems to be identified early in the planning stages.?(1999, Spiralbound, 50 pages)
Manufacturing location decisions: Choosing the right location for international manufacturing facilities
Provides a systematic process to follow when choosing the location of international manufacturing sites, taking into account both strategic and operational issues. (2000, Spiralbound, 58 pages)
The Grant Writer's Handbook: How to Write a Research Proposal and Succeed provides useful and practical advice on all aspects of proposal writing, including developing proposal ideas, drafting the proposal, dealing with referees, and budgeting.
A step-by-step guide to applying technology and product roadmapping techniques in your organisation using the minimum of resources. Volume discounts are available, please enquire for details. (2001, Spiralbound, 124 pages).
More than a decade of research at the IfM's Centre for Technology Management has gone into producing the first ever textbook on strategic roadmapping.
This book is a key resource for technology roadmapping - it provides expert knowledge in four areas.
Strategic asset management
How well does your organization manage the risks associated with information quality?
Strategy and performance
Explains how to review current processes and procedures and develop and implement a new manufacturing strategy. (Part of a series of three books) (2002, Paperback, 116 pages)
Provides simple but effective tools to develop a performance measurement system to match a company's manufacturing strategy. (2002, Paperback, 143 pages)
Reveals an organisation's potential, its capabilities and limitations, in order to build a more sustainable competitive advantage.
Offers a structured process, reviewing all relevant factors, to help the choice between producing 'in-house' and using an outside supplier. (2001, Spiralbound, 68 pages)
A structured approach to making 'make-or-buy' decisions.
Helps companies evaluate their systems for keeping abreast of the latest technology developments and to identify areas for improvement.
Convincing someone to invest in new technologies is one of the most important tasks of technology management. Yet the actual process of getting the buy-in decision is often inconclusive. (2009, Paperback, 26 pages)