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EPSRC Reference: EP/N024818/1
Title: Formulation for 3D printing: Creating a plug and play platform for a disruptive UK industry
Principal Investigator: Wildman, Professor RD
Other Investigators:
Tuck, Professor CJ Hayes, Professor W Roberts, Professor C
Amabilino, Professor D Foster, Professor T Ashcroft, Professor IA
Hague, Professor RJ Alexander, Professor MR Norton, Professor IT
Spyropoulos, Dr F Irvine, Dr DJ Mills, Dr TB
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) Malvern Instruments Ltd PPG Industries
Syngenta Unilever
Department: Div of Process and Environmental Eng
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2016 Ends: 30 September 2020 Value (£): 3,531,769
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Complex fluids & soft solids Manufacturing Machine & Plant
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Food and Drink Manufacturing
Chemicals Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
19 Feb 2016 Future Formulation FULL Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
3D printing lacks the materials required to fully become an established mass manufacturing process. Progress in materials development continues but a step change is required, and this will be realised through high throughput methods. High throughput discovery is an established methodology for automated identification of promising materials. At Nottingham it has been developed as tool for understanding biomaterials, and recently was instrumental in finding materials whose surface would resist bacterial attachment, potentially avoiding unnecessary use of antibiotics. Here, drawing together a multi-disciplinary, cross-community team, we will adapt this philosophy to rapidly identify formulations that can be used for 3D printing in a range of sectors represented by our industry partners. This will enable the creation of a library of materials, material combinations and formulations that are proven for 3D printing (particularly ink jet, extrusion, hot melt extrusion). Whilst the formation of this methodology is an initially challenging and time consuming step, the establishment of this set of libraries will enable rapid adoption downstream whilst the methodology itself can be utilised by other sectors seeking materials. Our libraries will be readily extended to create a tool for UK industry for selection of 3D printing formulations.
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