Foresight Fellowship in Manufacturing - The Future of Additive Manufacturing

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Faculty of Engineering

Abstract

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is seen as an underpinning technology that will enable developments in other scientific areas and will cut across all sectors. It is being used in a wide variety of research from topology optimisation, optics, flow chemistry, regenerative medicine and many 'traditional' engineering areas. The importance of AM to the UK economy has been identified in a number of recent reports, with Innovate UK defining it as one of the UK's 22 priority process technologies.

The vision of this fellowship is to scope the possibilities and see UK academics inventing entirely new AM processes that are orders of magnitude faster than current processes, and to establish a UK Strategy for Additive Manufacturing that enables and accelerates UK industry to be world-leading at exploiting the technology.

This Fellowship will marry academics from disciplines such as physics, chemistry and materials with the existing AM community in the UK to explore the potential for volume processing materials at high speed. Objectives are to:
Investigate Volumetric AM processes
Enthuse other academics to take up the challenges of next generation AM
Introduce these new academics to the existing AM community
Encourage the new community to generate radically new ideas
Assist the community to develop feasibility studies and full proposals for funding

There will also be activity to engage academics in the process to develop a UK Strategy and Implementation Plan.

This will occur by taking a dual approach across the value chain from discovery at low TRLs in a new research agenda to deployment at higher TRLs with a UK national strategy to provide a clear route to implementation paving the pathway to adoption of AM in UK industry.

Specific research outputs from this will be working visits each way with opportunities for researchers and academics to collaborate on innovative ideas for Volumetric Processing. This will also lead to stronger academic/industry links within the UK. It is expected that there will be joint publications and generation of IP and spin-outs.

The research undertaken within this Fellowship will complement current work at the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing and a proposed activity under a SAVI (Science Across Virtual Institutes) programme funded by NSF and EPSRC. Individually these activities can stand alone, but combined will offer a great opportunity for UK Science and Engineering.

A major output of the Fellowship will be an ambitious and challenging new area of research for UK academics in Volumetric AM. The UK will lead this exciting new area. There would also be the opportunity to assist the Government and EPSRC in the definition and implementation of research policy. The national work in AM fits directly to the EPSRC strategy as AM is one of the priorities for EPSRC, and falls into the theme of Manufacturing the Future.

Both of these activities are timely in that there is an urgent need to increase the processing speed of AM and also to ensure that the UK benefits in all areas of manufacturing, commerce and society through a coherent and clear strategy and implementation plan for maximum exploitation.

The key outcomes of this Fellowship will be:
An integrated community of academics investigating Volumetric AM with twice the number of research projects.
At least 4 new concepts identified as possible routes for Volumetric AM.
A UK strategy and implementation plan for AM which has been actioned and updated leading to an increase in the UK market share by x2.

Planned Impact

The proposed activities will catalyse and enable new research opportunities across a broad spectrum of Additive Manufacturing research, with benefit to a wide industrial, academic and societal community. The UK Strategy and Implementation Plan will benefit a wide variety of industrial sectors such as aerospace, automotive, healthcare, defence and different groups in research, education, training, finance and many others.

Publications

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Description A UK Strategy for Additive Manufacturing has been produced.
Exploitation Route A UK Strategy for Additive Manufacturing is being implemented.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Construction,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Retail,Transport

URL http://am-uk.org/
 
Description A key output has been a UK Strategy for Additive Manufacturing.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Construction,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Transport
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description 3D Printing: Reinventing UK Manufacturing in the 21st Century - Houses of Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting at the Houses of Parliament for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Manufacturing to discuss 3D Printing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AM Strategy Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A workshop to explore AM opportunities in Sectors and to kick-start the Thematic Workgroups
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Ad+it 2018, Steyr, Austria 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Made a presentation on the UK AM Strategy and lessons learned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Additive Manufacturing talk at Imperial College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Produce talk on Additive Manufacturing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description East Midlands AM & 3DP Cluster Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact First meeting of the East Midlands AM & 3DP Cluster meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Emerging technology initiatives lessons learned event - Additive manufacturing presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation to policy group at the Royal Academy of Engineering on lessons learnt from developing a UK national strategy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Expert Workshop on Future Trends in Manufacturing and their Implications for Energy Usage: The Case for Additive Manufacturing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Workshop to discuss implications of Additive Manufacturing on energy usage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description KTN AM Special Interest Group Breakfast Meeting Daresbury 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to help industry understand the benefits of Additive Manufacturing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description KTN AM Special Interest Group Breakfast Meeting London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to help industry understand the benefits of Additive Manufacturing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description KTN AM Special Interest Group Breakfast Meeting Peterborough 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to help industry understand the benefits of Additive Manufacturing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description KTN AM Special Interest Group Breakfast Meeting Sunderland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to help industry understand the benefits of Additive Manufacturing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Marine AM Strategy event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A workshop with the Marine sector to explore possibilities of Additive manufacturing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-innovation-in-additive-manufacturing-and-rapid-prototyping-i...
 
Description Presentation at 3D Food Printing Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on the UK AM Strategy. A follow-on workshop is planned to roadmap research strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.manufacturingfoodfutures.com/manufacturingfoodfutures/documents/workshop-doc.pdf
 
Description Presentation at 3DP-RDM workshops - Cambridge - 13-14th January 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on the UK AM Strategy and opportunities for academics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://capturingthevalue.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/3dp-rdm-dissemination-and-scoping-workshops/
 
Description Presentation at AVS Conference, Palo Alto 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on AM Research in the UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.avssymposium.org/Account/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f
 
Description Presentation at HP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on UK AM Strategy and research at University of Nottingham
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at Metrology for Additive Manufacturing, MTC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation on the UK AM Strategy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/3dprg/documents/metrology-am-flyer.pdf
 
Description Presentation at Missouri University of Science and Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation to AM Research Group at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation to 3D-PRINTING AND ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN HEALTHCARE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG) run by Medilink 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation on the UK Strategy was made. Pharma sector is now involved in the UK Strategy for AM.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.medilinkem.com/events/events-list/2015/09/23/3dprintingaddmansig230915
 
Description Presentation to board of EAMA on UK AM Strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was made to EAMA on the UK AM Strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Research into Volume Additive Manufacturing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A workshop at Durham University to introduce academics to the concept of Volume Additive Manufacturing so that they could formulate proposals to EPSRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description UK Additive Manufacturing Strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Gave a presentation to TCT attendees on the status of the UK Additive Manufacturing Strategy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHx87HyVe5E
 
Description Visit to AM labs by U3A 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A group from U3A Grantham visited the AM labs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015