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

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


Helene Jones

Kevin Potter

Anna Roudaut

Carwyn Ward


© 2017 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.


Jones, H., Potter, K., Roudaut, A., Ward, C., & Chatzimichali, A. (2017). The Dibber: Designing a standardised handheld tool for lay-up tasks. Applied Ergonomics, 65, 240-254.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 25, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 12, 2017
Publication Date Nov 1, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 21, 2018
Journal Applied Ergonomics
Print ISSN 0003-6870
Electronic ISSN 1872-9126
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 65
Pages 240-254
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available here


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