The Dibber: Designing a standardised handheld tool for lay-up tasks

Helene Jones, Anne Roudaut, Anna Chatzimichali, Kevin Potter, Carwyn Ward

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We present an application of engineering and ergonomics principles in the design of a standardised tool, The Dibber, which is a tool with multiple geometric features to fit the diversity of lay-up tasks used in the composites industry. The Dibber is the result of a design process, which consists of a series of observations and prototyping to extract geometric requirements for lay-up tasks. To demonstrate that it is possible to design a standardised tool prototypes of the Dibber were distributed and 91 participants gave feedback. Our results are positive and show consistent patterns of use across industry sectors, as well as between novice and expert laminators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-254
Number of pages15
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
A Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship funded part of this work. We also thank the EPSRC (EP/G036772/1, EP/I033513/1 and EP/P004342/1) for supporting this work.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017


  • Aerospace industry
  • Composites manufacturing
  • Design
  • Handheld tools
  • Standardised tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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