APoST - Advanced product-support technologies network (2001-2004)

Contract Number: ASI/B7-301/97/0126-15


  • United Kingdom (Cardiff)
  • Germany (Clausthal)
  • Greece (Patras)
  • Malaysia (Johor Bahru)
  • Thailand (Bangkok)

Research Group:

  • Prof. Nikos A. Aspragathos
    Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics
  • Vassilis C. Moulianitis
    Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics
  • Stavros G. Papageorgiou
    Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics

Programme area: I-Manufacturing
Activity area: Liaise with European IT&C Initiatives and Programmes.

The main purpose of this project is to demonstrate the benefits associated with Virtual Manufacturing (VM) and Rapid Prototyping (RP) technologies and research, and increase the awareness amongst small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and research institutions in Asia of advanced methods for product development.

The objectives:

  • To build technology demonstration centres (TDC) in Malaysia and Thailand to do a feasibility study of VM and RP, and to disseminate information about these advanced concepts for product and manufacturing system design and product development.
  • To develop two VM pilot applications: focusing on VM in product design and one on the application of VM in system design.
  • To increase the awareness of Asian SMEs of the capabilities of the existing advanced methods for product development and to demonstrate rapid prototyping as a new technology for rapidly converting CAD virtual prototypes into physical prototypes.
  • To increase the Asian companies' awareness of VM as a future strategy using advanced IT tools to support concurrent design processes.
  • To enable Asian SMEs to estimate the benefits associated with the implementation of VM and RP