The training demonstrator developed by this project combines the technologies of additive manufacturing (3D printing), sensorised process monitoring, IoT, data analytics, augmented reality, and the design and application of a digital twin. These technologies are demonstrated based around the printing of a turbine and their evaluation within a turbine testing device. The data generated by this sensorised system is available in real-time, on devices such as Android tablets and mobile phones.
The results of this EIT Manufacturing program were presented at the 54th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, held online during 22-24 September 2021. The associated paper, titled “Development and Implementation of a Digital Manufacturing Demonstrator for Engineering Education”, has been accepted for publication in Procedia CIRP. The performance of the PERFORM demonstrator has been further enhanced by increasing the mechanical performance of the turbine. The equipment continues to be used in Industry 4.0 training of undergraduate students, with 95 undergraduate engineering students currently receiving the training at University College Dublin alone.