IoT ACES (Internet of Things Applied to Curved Engineered Surfaces)

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< Project Overview >

Manufacturers and equipment suppliers face a number of challenges. These include the need for sophisticated, customisable products at scale which integrate printed electronics or printed sensors affordable for both manufacturer and customer. Manufacturers must consider ways to meet the increasing demand from customers for customisable, low cost solutions. IoT will assist with tracking of materials, linking unique product identifiers with the detailed product geometry information and required embedded electronics/information.

The mini-project will develop a demonstrator which integrates a large, representative automotive component and shows that IoT can bring together the information regarding part geometry, materials and surface information to enable the right printing path, speed and surface preparation for a simple printed device to be created directly on the large, non-flat surfaces. The demonstrator will show the potential for translation but also provide a clear communication of the process to industry adopters.

A small team consisting of a researcher from Inkjet Research Centre, technicians from Distributed Information and Automation Lab will integrate information from a library of 3D object files into a pilot scale industrial environment


  • Creation of a demonstrator integrating large, representative automotive components. The demonstrator will highlight the ability of IoT for data management across components and provide clear information of the process to industry stakeholders.

Project Lead

Dr Ronan Daly, The University of Cambridge