Making the move to local manufacturing

Cabot Institute professor Chris McMahon has been mobilising the University to shift to local manufacturing.

Manufacturing has changed dramatically over the last ten years. Traditionally limited to moulding, cutting, sticking and bashing things into shape, all of which were done on a large scale.

New technologies, such as 3D printing and the use of more efficient computer-based technologies, now allow these methods to be downscaled and locally owned, a move known as 'redistributed manufacturing'.

Bristol's 2015 European Green Capital year brought renewed focus on the need to bridge the gap between our resource intensive and environmentally harmful behaviour and developing a more sustainable and resilient future.

Chris led a RCUK-funded project looking at the potential impact of redistributed manufacturing on the city and its outskirts. He worked closely with experts in the city and the University on areas such as manufacturing, design, logistics, operations management, infrastructure, engineering systems, economics, geographical sciences, mathematical modelling and beyond.

He said: "I hope to show the potential impact that redistributed manufacturing can have at the city-scale and how this can improve a city's resilience and sustainability".

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