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EPSRC Reference: EP/P031684/1
Title: Enabling Next Generation Additive Manufacturing
Principal Investigator: Hague, Professor RJ
Other Investigators:
Wildman, Professor RD Sprittles, Dr JE Irvine, Dr DJ
Tuck, Professor CJ Ashcroft, Professor IA Fromhold, Professor TM
Roberts, Professor C Shikhmurzaev, Professor YD
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
AstraZeneca AWE Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL
Nanoscribe GmbH Oce Technologies BV Pfizer
Rogers Corporation Texas Instruments Inc
Department: Faculty of Engineering
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Programme Grants
Starts: 01 October 2017 Ends: 30 September 2022 Value (£): 5,852,466
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design Engineering Fluid Dynamics
Gas & Solution Phase Reactions Manufacturing Machine & Plant
Materials Synthesis & Growth Microsystems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
11 Mar 2013 12HAPI Full Announced
16 May 2017 Programme Grant Interviews - 17 May 2017 (Engineering) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Twenty-first century products demand a new toolset of manufacturing techniques and materials; next generation multifunctional Additive Manufacturing (AM) is one such key tool. As an enabler for new smart, cost-effective, functional 3D heterogeneous devices, products and advanced materials, it will be an essential instrument for future industrial applications and advanced research across a wide spectrum of disciplines and sectors. To accelerate next-generation AM, we have established a multi-institution, multidisciplinary team which spans both basic/applied sciences and engineering and involves collaborations with two leading international research groups and eight multinational industry partners. Our vision is to establish controlled next generation multifunctional AM and translate this to industry and researchers. Initially focussing on novel electronic and pharmaceutical/healthcare applications, we aim to move beyond single material AM by exploiting the potential to deposit multiple materials contemporaneously for the delivery of spatially resolved function and structure in three dimensions (3D).

Owing to potentially radical differences in physical state, chemistry and compatibility, our primary challenge is at the interface of the deposited materials. This programme will focus on overcoming the challenges of spatially controlled co-deposition of dissimilar materials in 3D and we will establish new understanding and methods of both modelling and controlling co-deposition. Exploitation of our findings will be undertaken through higher TRL schemes with our network of research and industrial partners and the wider innovation ecosystem through existing and future projects.

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