Research Fellow / Projects Coordinator, Faculty of Engineering
Dr Martin Baumers is a Research Fellow and a trained economist with an interest in the economics and application of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. Martin graduated from the University of Reading in 2005 with a degree in Business Economics. Following a year working as a market analyst in the specialty metals industry trading titanium and nickel base alloys, Martin decided to join a Masters course in Economics at the University of Nottingham. After completing his Masters dissertation in 2008 on the economics of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing (which was published later on) Martin decided to pursue a PhD in this field at the Additive Manufacturing Research Group at Loughborough University.
After successfully completing his doctoral research at Loughborough in 2012, Martin joined the newly formed Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group at the University of Nottingham as a Research Coordinator and Research Fellow.
Martin has been captivated by additive technologies since 2004. Since embarking on his academic career, he has written several academic and non-academic papers on the topic, spoken at various events and contributed to Additive Manufacturing projects in aerospace, automotive, industrial machinery and the medical and retail sectors.
Martin's area of academic interest and expertise are the economics and implementation of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing as well as the benefits that can be derived from adopting the technology. From 2010 on, Martin's work has concentrated on the development of novel approaches to production costing and build time estimation. Further areas of interest are Additive Manufacturing technology adoption, build volume packing algorithms (pictured) and computational complexity measurement. He is also interested in the environmental sustainability of additive processes, with an emphasis on energy consumption.
Martin has an additional interest in evolving the operating principle underlying additive systems of the powder bed fusion type. He believes strongly that the unit cost of Additive Manufacturing could be reduced significantly by speeding the process up, which would enhance the technology's overall value proposition.
Martin is contributing to the EU FP7 funded Diginova Project exploring the convergence of 2D digital printing technologies and Additive Manufacturing. His activity includes:
- Identification of key technology challenges
- Identification of business drivers
- Technology road mapping and impact mapping
Moreover, Martin is looking at the issues surrounding the economics of single material and multi-material Additive Manufacturing technologies. Aspects of relevance include costing, build time estimation, energy consumption and capacity utilisation.