The work done so far revolves around research preparation and literature review, supported by and discussed throughout multiple sessions with Dr Pedreschi, filled with brainstorming on possible directions this thesis project can take. When dealing with a field as abundant and innovative as digital manufacturing, focusing on only a few goals is a difficult task.
Due to the only recent growth of 3DP there are not many printed publications on the matter in the form of books, but rather digital technologies are mainly discussed in science and commercial magazines and journals, like New Scientist, Wired, Financial Times, etc. Hence, a large bulk of the literature review will be based on e-journals and acknowledged websites of science magazines and of companies, concerned with such technologies.
However, there are a number of books connected to Architectural systems, the construction industry, revolutionary views on the new "Makers" era, digital manufacturing etc. which will be quite useful for the current project. A thorough list of all the literature sources that have been looked at so far can be found under the References tab.
Networking and broad contacts with the major innovators and researchers in the field will also contribute significantly when it comes to keeping up to date with the very recent technology developments and discussing speculations for the future, and the 3D Print Show has proved itself a good push for that.