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Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group
   
   

The Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG) hosts the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is the direct fabrication of end-use products and components using technologies that deposit material layer-by-layer. It enables the manufacture of geometrically complex, low to medium volume production components in a range of materials, with little, if any, fixed tooling or manual intervention beyond the initial product design.

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Additive Manufacturing
and 3D Printing

The activity of the group spans both fundamental and applied research focused on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing.
 

 

 

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Key aims and expertise

The research group has a long standing international reputation in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing research. The research group members hold expertise in multiple key areas:

  •  Design systems and optimisation methodologies
  •  Additive Manufacturing processes
  •  Materials Development
  •  Applications demanded by the user community
 

Research direction

The primary focus of this research group is to go beyond established single material ‘passive’ AM processes and applications that exhibit conventional levels of functionality, toward the challenges of investigating next generation, multi-material active AM processes, materials and design systems.

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Such multifunctional AM platforms will effectively deliver entire working systems in a single process step. By allowing the embedding of functionalised structures, such as electrical circuitry, power sources, sensors and displays, the benefits inherent to the additive approach can be multiplied. This will enable the creation of 3D structures that are not only optimised to withstand mechanical stresses but also provide maximum functional utility to the user in a wide range of applications.

 

Current projects

In the context of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing an ambitious programme of research projects is being undertaken towards the realisation of multi-material AM and the scaling-down of the processes. Projects that are being carried at the 3DPRG at the University of Nottingham include:

Design Systems Development for Multifunctional Additive Manufacturing

This project proposes a combinatorial approach to design presenting a radical advance in product design where weight, performance, functionality and aesthetics are combined in one part and manufactured as a single item.

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Jetting of Functionalised Materials through Reactive Ink and its sister project Jetting of Conductive and Dielectric Elements

The capability of jetting engineering and functional materials is central to the realisation of multi-material additive processes. To achieve this, these projects propose the deposition of structural materials via reactive inks for in situ polymerisation as well as the deposition of electronic structures via the jetting of conductive and dielectric materials.

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Nano-functionalised Optical Sensors (NANOS)

The NANOS project aims to increase the resolution of AM by the research and development of nano-resolution manufacturing systems, principally 2-photon lithography, that are capable of producing structures in the order of 100nm in materials. In addition, NANOS utilises developments in optical tweezer technology to functionalise the structures made using 2-photon lithography.

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Related websites

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Visit the AM conference website AM Conference
 
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Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD


telephone: +44(0)115 951 3877
email: mirela.axinte@nottingham.ac.uk