Public lecture: Professor Olaf Diegel Event as iCalendar

23 November 2017

4 - 5pm

Venue: Seminar Room 902.402

Location: Newmarket Campus


Additive manufacturing: a reality check

Additive Manufacturing (or 3D printing) encompasses a range of technologies that have the potential to add enormous value to products. But, in order to realize this added value, engineers and designers need to learn a new set of design skills so they can better design for additive manufacturing. This talk looks at the unprecedented worldwide growth in additive manufacturing, and the reality of where additive manufacturing is today, in terms of real-world industry use, and examines the importance and some of the principles of design for additive manufacturing through a series of real world examples that show off what can be achieved if additive manufacturing is applied in the most effective way.


Professor Olaf Diegel, Professor of Product Development, Lund University, Sweden

Professor Olaf Diegel is both an educator and a practitioner of product development with an excellent track record of developing innovative solutions to engineering problems.

In his role as Professor of Product development, in the Department of Design Sciences in the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, in Sweden, he is heavily involved in all aspects of product development and is widely published in the areas of additive manufacturing and rapid product development. In his consulting practice he develops a wide range of products for companies around the world. Over the past three decades he has developed over 100 commercialized new products including innovative new theatre lighting products, security and marine products and several home health monitoring products and, for this work, has received numerous product development awards.

Over the last 20 years, Olaf has become a passionate follower of additive manufacturing (AM). He believes it is one of the technologies that has been a real godsend to innovation as it allows designers and inventors to instantly test out ideas to see if they work. It also removes the traditional manufacturing constraints that have become a barrier to creativity, and allows us to get real products to market without the normally high costs that can become a barrier to innovation. He has given design for AM courses at NASA, Materialise, Siemens, Volvo, Tetrapak, and many others. In 2012, Olaf started manufacturing a range of 3D printed guitars and basses that has developed into a successful little side-business (and gives Olaf the therapy he needs in allowing him to make things that are a blend of high-technology and traditional hand-crafting).