Videos

3D printing

Opportunities and Challenges in Additive Manufacturing

Dr Tim Minshall who leads the EPSRC/ESRC-funded 'bit-by-bit' project at the IfM explains why Additive Manufacturing (or 3D Printing) could have huge application in sectors from cars to space stations.

The 3D printing 'revolution': what's behind the hype?

Does the 3D printing revolution mean I will be able to print anything I want from the comfort of my own home?

Advanced manufacturing

No contact required: Digital inkjet printing enables new applications

Dr Steve Hoath, Senior Research Associate at the Inkjet Research Centre of the IfM explains how his and colleagues? work is focused on understanding the underlying science of inkjet printing.

Self-Healing and Smart Coatings: The Future of Materials

Dr Ronan Daly describes new research into sensors and smart surfaces can be designed and deployed to extend the operating life of machinery and manufactured products.

Automation

Getting the most out of automation

Alan Thorne describes some of the work of the IfM's Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) and how it can help companies improve their automation systems.

Big Data and the new analytics

How can big data create value for companies?

Dr Mohamed Zaki describes recent research from the Cambridge Service Alliance into data-driven business models.

Business model innovation

Sustainable business models: what are they and why are they important?

Dr Doroteya Vladimirova explains sustainable business models and why they are important to firms which want to remain competitive in the current environment.

Business tools

Measuring What Matters - Manufacturing Performance Measurement

IfM's Head, Andy Neely, stresses the importance of measuring the right things.

Design for transformation

Good design is a game changer

James Moultrie, Head the IfM's Design Management Group, argues that good design is just as important for industrial products as it is for consumer goods such as cars and electronics.

Education

Photonics PhD student explains influence of Star Wars novel on her work

PhD student Karen Yu explains how George Lucas' Star Wars novel has influenced her work in the field of photonic lasers as part of the University of Cambridge's 'Novel Thoughts' project.

Global supply chains

Supply chain risk and resilience for multinational corporations

Dr Mukesh Kumar shares research and guidance from the Centre for International Manufacturing which can help multinational companies manage their supply network risk more efficiently.

Making the Right Things in the Right Places report and video

Paul Christodoulou, Principal Industrial Fellow at IfM Education and Consultancy Services in this video discusses the IfM process for Production Footprint Strategy.

Manufacturing matters

Dr Tim Minshall's TEDx talk 'Building the Future'

Dr Tim Minshall, Senior Lecturer in Technology Management recently gave a TEDx talk based around the perception of what primary school children think engineers do.

Engineering in a connected world: Tim Minshall at TEDxCambridge

In this talk, Tim talks about how new technologies enable ordinary people to collaboratively design solutions to the problems they face in daily life.

Manufacturing - an exciting place and time

Andy Neely, Head of the IfM, explains why he thinks this is a wonderful time to be involved with manufacturing.

Servitization

Add a service dimension to your business

The Cambridge Service Alliance, part of the Institute for Manufacturing is committed to helping organisations develop new revenue streams through improved services.

The challenge of selling services

Businesses are increasingly looking to sell services rather than products as they respond to strategic, economic and even environmental factors.

What is the future of servitization?

Many manufacturers are choosing to adopt a service-based model to create new and longer-term revenue streams. But how will servitization evolve in the future and affect businesses and consumers?

Technology management

Lean and agile strategies key to outsmart the competition

Dr Rob Phaal from the Centre for Technology Management at the IfM in this short video makes the case for lean and agile strategy as a source of competitive advantage.