A Platform for Hybrid Manufacturing Process research

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

Hybrid Manufacturing concerns digitally-driven and template-less manufacturing processes which are founded on cross-technology process platforms. Our group focuses on how truly transformative capability may be realised by the next generations of this ideology. Our Hybrid Manufacturing Process research is founded on the premise that future generations of products, with multi-faceted complexity and transformative capability may be realised through the combination of multiple process technologies within a singular platform, while incorporating emerging research from the physical sciences (such as functional materials). This aims to provide an exponential increase in the capability for complex manufacturing and the magnitude of resultant value.

Our pioneering research has been recognised by a number of eminent parties and international peers. Our research group possess unique research capability, which is significantly due to the recruitment and development of a cohort of outstanding researchers and our suite of globally unique experimental manufacturing apparatus. The growth and momentum of our current activity, along with our pipeline of future research and innovation, now warrants a supporting platform in order to secure and maintain our world-leading position. It will enable us to stengthen our strategic approach to leading research, allow us to continue to shape and capitalise on emerging opportunities, and further develop the next generation of truly interdisciplinary research leaders. This will ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of this exciting and valuable field of manufacturing process research.

Planned Impact

The UK's innovation capability is critically dependent on manufacturing as the route to achieving rapid and profitable commercialisation of new products, processes and services. Hybrid Manufacturing Processes will enable transformative next generation products featuring greater complexity and capability in application. Innovation and development in this area will support a variety of industries, and place the UK at the forefront of technological developments. This platform grant will enhance and accelerate impact through:

- Skills base - It will help to grow the UK's next generation of leaders in manufacturing. Our team will receive targeted coaching on topics such as; outreach, industry liaison, funding landscapes, mock panels, networking, cross-disciplinary publication strategy, independent leadership and routes to exploitation and commercialisation. Developing versatile skills through cutting edge research will enable our researchers to have the required tools for leading and shaping the future UK manufacturing landscape ensuring its position as a global leader in high value manufacturing. The platform grant will also enable researcher mobility across our research projects and secondments to industrial collaborators, thus providing a method for cross-fertilization of ideas to facilitate greater innovation across a range of beneficiaries.

- Increased spin-out activities - Spin-out companies are a major source of generating impact, wealth and employment in the UK economy. The Platform will provide a diverse set of training activities for all researchers so they can maximise the commercial exploitation of their research. They will be given the appropriate mentoring and guidance alongside the proactive support from experts and inspirational speakers that 'have done it' to create an entrepreneurial culture which strives for high growth and high value spin-out activities.

- UK economy - Manufacturing innovation is a driver for sustainable growth and creating economic value for the UK. Developing the next generation of hybrid manufacturing approaches will be key to providing this discovery and innovation for continued economic development.

- New exploratory research - This platform grant will allow speculative research, that is often otherwise difficult to enact, to be conducted in a responsive and efficient manner. Such fundamental research concepts are expected to inform the basis for future novel and innovative developments, ensuring the pipeline of high impact scientific and engineering breakthroughs.

- Wider public society - Developments in hybrid manufacturing processes will lead to greater resource efficiencies in production and material consumption allowing more sustainable manufacturing. New manufacturing techniques will enable revolutionary bespoke products that benefit society and lead to new discoveries in science and engineering. Our researchers will act as ambassadors for the UK and will conduct various outreach activities to inspire the next generation of individuals into science and engineering.
 
Description Parts of this awards manufacturing research is now being developed as a fabrication technology for creating new minimally invasive instruments for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. This particularly illustrates the wider societal value of manufacturing process research.
Exploitation Route The resulting novel digital manufacturing processes and robotics should provide clinicians and healthcare industry with new forms of treatment by allowing non-destructive access to the pancreas' intricate sensitive internal anatomy. This aims to enable revolutionary future treatments that will save lives and allow patients to live without major side-effects.
Sectors Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

URL https://future-manufacturing-processes.leeds.ac.uk/news/a-new-project-award-from-the-epsrc-entitled-new-minimally-invasive-technologies-for-the-treatment-of-pancreatic-cancer/
 
Description This platform grant is an ongoing award that provides underpinning support to a variety of our research activities. Examples of these uses include; enabling links and collaborations with national and international researchers, engagement with industry, and allowing us to explore and develop work across different disciplines. A number of the researchers that we have trained and developed have now progressed to positions in industry and other research institutes.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Electronics,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description New minimally invasive technologies for the treatment of pancreatic cancer
Amount £1,522,147 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V009818/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2020 
End 04/2024
 
Description Towards a 'toothbrush' sensor for passive biomarker monitoring - "Sens Or Pass"
Amount £229,136 (GBP)
Organisation Cancer Research UK 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2022 
End 01/2024
 
Title A Novel Computer-Controlled Maskless Fabrication Process for Pneumatic Soft Actuators 
Description This dataset includes the raw data that is presented in the published paper "A Novel Computer-Controlled Maskless Fabrication Process for Pneumatic Soft Actuators". It encompasses all the unprocessed measurement data collected for treatment resolution, optical emission spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectric spectroscopy. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Further publication with SPIE 
URL http://archive.researchdata.leeds.ac.uk/812/
 
Description Direct industry funded collaboration for hybrid additive manufacture of electrical heating technology 
Organisation Kanthal
Country Sweden 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of a hybrid additive manufacturing process by Dr Robert Kay
Collaborator Contribution Industrial direction for the the development of a hybrid additive manufacturing process by Dr Robert Kay
Impact As an ongoing activity, covered by confidentiality agreements, there are no reports yet available
Start Year 2020
 
Description An invited talk for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An invited talk to the cohort of researchers in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training describing some of our research in new manufacturing processes. Conducted 15 March 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invitation to participate in CRUK-MRC-EPSRC Early Detection Innovation Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact 3-day sandpit workshops foster multidisciplinary innovation in cancer research across researchers, healthcare professionals, policy makers and technologists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/funding-for-researchers/how-we-deliver-research/research-innovation...
 
Description Invited presentation to a EPSRC programme grant project meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I was invited to make a presentation on our research in new manufacturing processes to a large of researchers working on miniaturised ingestible devices in the EPSRC programme grant EP/K034537/1 / EP/K034537/2. Conducted 12th October 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited speaker at Henry Royce Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited speaker at the Henry Royce Institute for their Biomedical Materials Showcase: Biofabrication and 3D Printing for Biomedical Applications, 30 November 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.royce.ac.uk/events/showcase-biofabrication-3d-printing/
 
Description Invited talks at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Harris was invited to present his manufacturing research at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart Germany. This was followed by a tour of the Institute to meet their researchers and view their extensive portfolio of research projects.

The next day Prof Harris presented to their community of around 200 PhD researchers at their annual retreat in Michelsberg.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://future-manufacturing-processes.leeds.ac.uk/news/invited-talks-at-max-planck-institute-for-in...
 
Description Invited visit and presentation at Bosch Research Campus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof Harris, along with his colleague Prof Valdastri (https://www.stormlabuk.com), were invited to visit Bosch at their new research campus in Renningen. They presented their shared vision across Manufacturing Processes and Robotics with Bosch's senior research leaders. This included illustrating our recent research projects and discussing where there may be avenues to mutually build new innovations around this.

The new facility at Renningen is an outstanding environment where industrial research and innovation may flourish. More details can be found here https://www.bosch-presse.de/pressportal/de/en/research-campus-in-renningen-176321.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://future-manufacturing-processes.leeds.ac.uk/news/invited-visit-to-bosch-research-campus/
 
Description Participation in European Robotics Forum 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Harris represented the University of Leeds membership of euRobotics AISBL at the European Robotics Forum 2020 in Spain. This is the most popular networking event in Robotics with more than 1000 participants from industry, research, politics and business.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://robmosys.eu/event/european-robotics-forum-2020/
 
Description Participation in Material Research Society Spring Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Several of our researchers participated in the Material Research Society Spring Symposium 17-23 April 2021 to engage and debate the latest research in materials science and advanced manufacturing methods for this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.mrs.org/meetings-events/spring-meetings-exhibits/past-spring-meetings/2021-mrs-spring-me...
 
Description Presenter and Senior Mentor at Newton Funds event 'Digital Hospitals' in Peru 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In June 2019, Professor Harris was invited to act as a senior mentor at a digital manufacturing and medicine event in Peru entitled "Digital Hospitals".

The four day event provided UK and Peru based researchers with an opportunity for unique dialogue, training and debate about the use of novel digital design and manufacturing techniques across several healthcare areas.

Specialists from various UK educational and Peruvian institutions were invited to present their respective research, and show how their manufacturing innovations can benefit global healthcare.

Prof Harris said 'I was impressed by the research that I saw being conducted in Peru. It also allowed me to recognise some of the unique challenges they face as a region in medical and manufacturing technologies. I hope that we may be able to form further collaborative activities to assist one another and widen the impact of these technology fields'.

More details can be found in the local language at https://puntoedu.pucp.edu.pe/noticias/medicina-de-vanguardia/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://future-manufacturing-processes.leeds.ac.uk/news/invited-specialist-at-digital-hospitals-even...
 
Description RAEng Research Day talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk on Hybrid Manufacturing at Royal Academy of Engineering Research Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Russell Harris invited talk at TIPS/ISPO/BACPAR 2019 in Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Harris was invited to speak at the TIPS/ISPO/BACPAR 2019 at the Lowry, in Manchester.

This event covers topics including rehabilitation medicine, research, practice, prosthetics, orthotics, engineering, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, neuroscience, assistive devices and technologies.

The invitation reflects the growing recognition of the value of new manufacturing processes can make to these important applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ispo.org.uk/events-tipsispobacpar2019/
 
Description Talks for the Design for AM network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talks for the Design for AM Network by Co-I Dr Robert Kay, with contributions by Co-I Prof Richard Bibb
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Training activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of our researcher training within this Platform Grant, we conducted the first in a series of debates of research methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017