Title| Digitalizing Manufacturing: (i) additive manufacturing industrialization, (ii) new models for engineering design and manufacturing, and (iii) organizational change.

Speaker| Iñigo Flores Ituarte, Assistant Professor in Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University in Denmark (Copenhagen Campus).

Date| 15 March 2018 (Friday)

Time| 1000 – 1100

Venue| Think Tank 15, Building 1, Level 5 (1. 510)



The new paradigm of the ongoing industrial transformation requires to manufacture products, both on-demand and near-demand, in low volumes and with high variety.

Underpinning my research activity is the vision that digital manufacturing (DM) will transform industrial activity by developing design automation, advanced manufacturing, and functional materials in disruptive digital workflows. Key enabling technologies, such as additive manufacturing (AM) will be merged with discrete reconfigurable and/or flexible manufacturing cells. Ultimately, changing how a product is made and distributed.

DM will complement current supply-chain models based on make-to-stock, make-to-order and engineer-to-order models, by enabling a new customer-centric manufacturing model to create a competitive advantage in the industrial activity of the 21st century.

In this regard, my research interest is divided into three main pillars: (i) Industry requires a continuous knowledge update from open digital manufacturing and experimental research platforms. (ii) New models of manufacturing will integrate material-process-design “CAx” platforms with Cyber-Physical-Systems. (iii) Organizational change is key for sustainable technology transfer.

During the seminar, I will present case research, publications, and ongoing work that revolve around the mentioned pillars that encompass my research activity.



Iñigo Flores Ituarte (PhD) is a newly appointed assistant professor in manufacturing engineering at Aalborg University in Denmark (Copenhagen Campus). He received his doctoral degree in 2017 at Aalto University in the department of mechanical engineering.

His research activities focusses on digital design methods, process and design optimization, and integration of Additive Manufacturing technologies into industrial processes. His work is mostly problem based and industry motivated from where he combines theory and practice to evaluate critically the future role of modern Additive Manufacturing technologies.

As an early stage scholar he has worked as post-doctoral researcher at Aalto University (Finland) and visiting researcher at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). During his career he has published more than 15 peer reviewed scientific publications and contributed to several books.