Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
 

Dr Tavs Jorgensen

Current Research


Explorations in Reconfigurable Pin Tooling


PROJECT MANAGER: Tavs Jorgensen
PROJECT DURATION: 2010 -

PROJECT DETAILS:
Reconfigurable Pin Tooling (RPT) is a novel moulding concept that is based on flexible tooling via a matrix of pins. Outcomes of this research project include several novel pin tooling apparatuses. One of the particular applications developed through this research is method for kiln forming sheet glass via a new type of pin pin tool. Outputs from this strand of the research interest include a series of glass bowls that have been have been exhibited at leading international venues and acquired by significant public institutions, including the Crafts Council England.

Another stand of this research have seen the development of a digitally driven pin tooling system for shaping furniture upholstery foam via a CAD interface.

3D Printed Extrusion Dies


PROJECT MANAGER: Tavs Jorgensen
PROJECT DURATION: 2016 -

PROJECT DETAILS:
This project concerns explorations with 3D printed extrusion dies for plastic clay. The research is currently focused on the exploring the concept through the production of a series of extruded ceramic jugs (Jugtrusions). The process starts by designing extrusion dies through visual programming. The dies are then fabricated via 3D printing and used to produce a series jugs through the conventional analogue clay extrusion process. The plasticity of the clay can course unpredictable ‘curling’ in the extruded forms, which affects both the aesthetics and functionality of the jugs. A wider conceptual aim of the research is to illustrate how the particular characteristics of a physical medium (which could be initially be seen as undermining a technologically based design process) ultimately facilitates a more interesting output – a kind of technological in determinism.

Rich Media Research Journal


PROJECT MANAGER: Tavs Jorgensen
PROJECT DURATION: 2013 -

PROJECT DETAILS:
This is research investigates how new types of research journals can be created on the basis of the rich media capabilities of smart phones and tablet computers. Part of the objectives of this research is to develop research methods that can provide a more rigorously capture of qualitative research data, such as reflections, from practitioner-researchers located in naturalistic research environment.

Innovation Toolset


PROJECT MANAGER: Tavs Jorgensen
PROJECT DURATION: 2015 -

PROJECT DETAILS:
This research is focused on investigating theoretical aspects of innovation, particularly looking at the factors and tools that can enable independent practitioners to innovate. This research also seeks to investigate the particular position of the independent innovator by building on the work of Von Hippel and Smith. In particular it seeks to explore the potential for shifting from a ‘lead user’ innovator position to an ‘external innovator’ position facilitated by a particular set of tools and development methodologies which is proposed as an innovation toolset.