Centre for Additive Manufacturing


CfAM Facilities

The Centre for Additive Manufacturing labs house a unique portfolio developmental and commercially available of Additive Manufacturing processes and a state-of-the-art suite of analytical devices in a dedicated materials characterisation laboratory.

Some of the bespoke, cutting-edge equipment which are pivotal to our research activities are:

Multimaterial 3D Ink Jetting System – PiXDRO Toucan

The PiXDRO Toucan system is a custom-built £1M inkjet machine constructed for the CfAM by the Dutch inkjet specialist Roth and Rau. The bespoke system has six piezo-electric heads permitting the jetting of six distinct materials within a build process. Additionally, the machine is equipped with a 12 W/cm2 UV curing unit with a wavelength of 395nm, and a 1 KW infrared lamp, with a maximum filament temperature of 1500°C, for curing heat/photo-sensitive polymers and conductive materials. The large build volume is another added advantage of the Toucan system over other conventional inkjet systems available on the market. The CfAM’s current projects on this system are primarily focused on jetting of multiple materials to produce multi-functional 3D components for electrical and electronics, pharmaceutical and biological applications.
Multimaterial 3D Ink Jetting System – PiXDRO Toucan

Liquid Metal Jetting 3D printing

The MetalJet system is a unique bespoke drop-on-demand 3D printing platform based on the Océ MetalJet technology. This technology enables precision jetting of molten droplets of conductive materials with a melting point up to 2,000°C. The MetalJet system enables the jetting of liquid metal droplets onto a movable substrate to produce 3D parts from a desired stack of 2D digital patterns. Upon solidification, each layer of jetted droplets acts as a new substrate where new droplets can be dispensed to create the subsequent layer. As the process repeats, complex 3D geometries made in single or multiple semiconducting/metallic materials can be printed.
Liquid Metal Jetting 3D printing

Multi-photon lithography systems

Multi-photon lithography is an advanced Additive Manufacturing technique capable of fabricating arbitrary 3D micro/nano structures without a mask with a resolution of around 100 nm, based on multi-photon absorption-induced polymerisation. There are two system available at CfAM. The commercial Nanoscribe system can fabricate in an area up to 100 x 100 mm2 with a speed up to 10 mm/s. The home-built system has extended capabilities. By combining with optical tweezers, micro/nano-sized objects can be drawn into the vat of material and encased within a matrix or attached to a surface, thus functionalize a surface or a material. By coupling with stimulated emission and depletion (STED), it is possible to control the fabrication of 3D nano-composites precisely through the selective polymerisation or photo-reduction on demand, thus establishing a new route for metamaterial fabrication.

Multi-photon lithography systems


Commercially deployed and experimental AM systems

The CfAM labs has also a range of commercially deployed and experimental AM systems such as: 

  • Renishaw SLM250
  • Realizer SLM 50
  • Renishaw AM400
  • Stratasys Objet 260 Connex
  • FujiFilm Dimatix DMP2831
  • EOS EOSINT P 100 Formiga
  • PiXDRO LP50
  • Stratasys FDM400mc
  • BluePrinter SHS 3D Printer
  • MakerBot Replicator 2
  • Ultimaker 3D Printer
  • Velleman K8200
  • Formlabs Form 1+
  • Autodesk Ember

Commercially deployed and experimental AM systems


Analytic machinery and research equipment

The labs boasts an impressive array of analytic machinery and research equipment: 

  • PerkinElmer DSC8500
  • Malvern Mastersizer 3000
  • Lenton WN200
  • Krüss DSA100
  • Guyson International Euroblast  4
  • Malvern Kinexus pro
  • Malvern Bohlin Gemini 2
  • Coherent Chameleon Ultra II
  • Nikon Optical Microscope
  • Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope with cold stage and EDX

Array of analytic machinery and research equipment


Centre for Additive Manufacturing

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

telephone: +44(0)115 84 66374
email: CfAM@nottingham.ac.uk