IMFS April

The 4th IMFS session will take place on April 1st. Register to participate!

International Manufacturing Forum Series 2021 – 1st April 2021 – Digital Design and Manufacturing

International Manufacturing Forum Series 2021 1st April “Digital Design and Manufacturing” The International Manufacturing Forum Series is a major initative from the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (CDRSP) of the Polytechnic of Leiria in Portugal. This is a twelve day virtual conference spread over 12 months, with a one conference held on the first thursday of each month. Each one day conference will focus on a specific topic within the broad umbrella of Manufacturing. There will be a particular emphasis on topics related to Industry 4.0 and Digital Manufacturing. CDRSP is a centre of excellence in the field of Direct Digital Manufacturing and was recently judged by an International Panel of the Foundation for Science and Technology to be the best Research Unit in the field of Mechanical Engineering and System Engineering in Portugal.
Direct Digital Manufacturing is a family of technologies which is able to product products directly from a digital definition without the use of moulds or other complex tooling. These technologies directly enable the possibility of personalisation of the form and function of a product at the point of manufacturing. The time from concept to product can be very short many be hours or days. These technologies enable the production of any self-supporting structure. At pesent the technology greatly exceeds our ability to design digitally for direct digital manufacturing. We invite papers which address any aspect of digital design for manufacturing and the challenges with respect to both the technology, simulations, design approaches, medical devices, optimisation techniques, case studies and applications. Please submit your abstract prepared using the template available here and submit using the form available here. Abstracts will be considered immediately they arrive, so please send your abstract as soon as possible to secure a slot in the programme.


Ian Campbell

Loughborough University, UK

After graduating from the Special Engineering Programme at Brunel University in 1985, Ian Campbell worked as a design engineer, first in Ford Motor Company, and later in the Rover Group.  In 1989, he was appointed as a Senior Teaching Fellow for CAD/CAM at the University of Warwick.  This gave him the opportunity to raise his awareness of CAD/CAM technology and practices.  He remained in this position for four years, during which time, he undertook a part-time MSc degree by research.  In 1993, he obtained a lectureship at the University of Nottingham and gained his PhD, again through part-time study, in 1998.  He moved to Loughborough University in October 2017, where he was appointed as a senior lecturer. His current position, since April 2017, is Professor of Computer Aided Product Design in the School of Design and Creative Arts. He is currently supervising several research projects, mainly in the area of design interaction and 3D printing technologies. Prof Campbell is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and was Editor-in-Chief of the Rapid Prototyping Journal from 1995 to 2020. He is also a Visiting Professor at Vaal University of Technology in South Africa and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China.

Alberto T. Estevez

Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain

Alberto T. Estévez is an Architect (with the Architecture Ph.D. of Sciences) and Art Historian (with the Art History Ph.D. of Arts), with professional office of architecture and design in Barcelona. He founded the ESARQ, the School of Architecture of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona, 1996), where he teaches as Professor-Chairman, after being its first Director. He also founded there in 2000 the Biodigital Architecture Master and the Genetic Architectures Research Group, with the world’s first laboratory where -for first time in the history of architecture- geneticists are working with architectural objectives, in a real application of genetics to architecture. Now, he is also Director of the Architecture PhD Program and Vice-Chancellor/General-Manager of UIC Barcelona. He has written more than one hundred publications, articles and books, and has participated in a very large number of exhibitions, congresses and conferences around Europe, America and Asia.

Arthur Mamou-Mani

University of Westminster, UK

Arthur Mamou-Mani is a French architect and director of the award-winning practice Mamou-Mani Architects, specialised in a new kind of digitally designed and fabricated architecture. He is a lecturer at the University of Westminster and owns a digital fabrication laboratory called the FabPub which allows people to experiment with large 3D Printers and Laser Cutters. Since 2016, he is a fellow of the The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He has won the RIBA Rising Star Award 2017 and the Gold Prize at the American Architecture Prize for the Wooden Wave project installed at BuroHappold Engineering. Arthur gave numerous talks including the TedX conference in the USA and has been featured in The New-York Times, Forbes. and on the cover of the Financial Times for the project Conifera with COS. Prior to founding Mamou-Mani in 2011, he worked with Atelier Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid Architects and Proctor and Matthews Architects.

Arash Adel

University of Michigan, USA

Dr. Arash Adel is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He currently teaches in the Master of Science in Digital and Material Technologies program and leads the program’s Capstone Studio. He is also one of the core faculty members of the Ph.D. in Architecture program. Adel received his Master’s in Architecture from Harvard University and his Doctorate in Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).

Adel’s interdisciplinary research is at the intersection of design, computation, engineering, and robotic construction. He is particularly known for his work with novel integrative computational design methods coupled with robotic assembly techniques for manufacturing nonstandard multi-story timber buildings. In his doctoral research at ETH, he contributed to the widely-published DFAB HOUSE and led the computational design of its robotically-fabricated timber frame structure.

José Marcelino

Faculdade de Arquitetura Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Jose Marcelino graduated in Mechanical Engineering by the Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa (IST) and Master in Transport Design by Scuola Politecnica di Design de Milano, holds a PhD in Design from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon (FAUTL), in the Management area of Design Processes. Academically, he taught Design Design at IST, and at EUAC, where he was responsible for the Coordination of the degree. In 2005 and 2006, he participated in the External Higher Education Evaluation Commission, allowing a wide knowledge of other educational institutions. He currently teaches Design Project in the Master in Product Design at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon and assumes the Coordination of that Cycle. He is also a member of the School Board of the Faculty.

At a professional level, after a stint at the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, he founded the company Almadesign in 1997 to dedicate himself to Transport, Products and Interior Design. In addition to the management of the company and the responsibility for more than 400 projects, he is a design consultant for several companies and institutions. With Almadesign, he received the National Design Award in 1999 and 2009, the Good Design Award in 2009, 2013 and 2015, an Honorable Mention in the DME Awards 2009, the Green Good Design Award 2010, the Crystal Cabin Award 2012 and the Daciano Award da Costa 2015, among others. He participates regularly as a speaker in different events and seminars and collaborates with several Universities and Technological Centers.


“Digital Design and Manufacturing” Session of IMFS2021

Joao Pedro Faustino dos Santos



Nuno Alves