Centre for Additive Manufacturing
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Partnerships with the Centre for Additive Manufacturing

In 2016, the global additive manufacturing industry was estimated to be worth £6 billion. Since then, additive manufacturing has evolved from a prototyping tool to a valuable production method, predicted to exceed £26 billion by 2023.

Collaboration with industry leaders is key to our mission of advancing additive manufacturing. We are committed to collaborating with industry partners to co-develop research projects that will benefit both the industry and our team. We believe that collaboration is essential to advancing the field and ensuring that research is relevant and impactful and our team is dedicated to creating mutually beneficial partnerships that will lead to new and innovative solutions for your business.

Our team consists of highly qualified individuals, including professors, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students, with extensive experience and expertise in additive manufacturing. We have a state-of-the-art research facility equipped with the latest equipment and software, allowing us to tackle the most complex challenges.

As the additive manufacturing industry continues to grow and evolve, it is crucial to stay ahead of the competition. Partnering with our team will provide you with access to our cutting-edge research and to the latest advancements in additive manufacturing, as well as the opportunity to work with our team of experts who are dedicated to developing innovative solutions to benefit your business.

Our research areas include the development of new materials and processes, the optimisation of existing processes, and the exploration of new applications for additive manufacturing. 


The Centre for Additive Manufacturing has a comprehensive understanding of additive manufacturing (AM) processes, materials, and design systems, with a focus on multi-material and multifunctional applications. Our group boasts a diverse set of experts in areas such as design systems and optimisation methodologies, AM processes, materials development, and AM business management.

The activity of the CfAM spans across both the fundamental and applied research. The research group members hold expertise in multiple key areas, including:

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

We are committed to conducting high-quality research and delivering impactful results that have the potential to revolutionise the future of additive manufacturing. Our capabilities extend beyond established single-material 'passive' AM processes and applications, as we explore next-generation, multi-material/multifunctional AM processes, materials, and design systems.

CfAM’s expertise in both single and multi-material and multifunctional AM, and our user-centred and scientifically driven research approach underpins the research, understanding, discovery and development of processes, materials and computational methods necessary for the successful execution and implementation of AM as a viable manufacturing tool.

Industry Links

CfAM’s expertise is centred on next generation processes and materials for additive manufacturing. We achieve this through a combination of forefront scientific research and extensive collaboration with our industry partners. Our group's success is driven by our excellent links with industry, which has allowed us to build strong relationships with partners in a range of sectors, including:

  • healthcare
  • aerospace and defence
  • electronic devices
  • automotive
  • sustainable energy devices

Our focus on next-generation processes and materials for additive manufacturing means that we are at the forefront of innovation in this field. Our research is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible with additive manufacturing, and our collaboration with industry partners allows us to develop practical solutions that can be implemented in real-world settings.

Our links with industry have been one of the key factors in our success. By working closely with our partners, we are able to understand their specific needs and challenges, and develop new approaches. CfAM has ongoing collaborations with many of the world’s leading companies, including AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Canon Production Printing, Dstl, GSK, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Texas Instruments and Wolfson Foundation. Our commitment to forefront scientific research, coupled with our collaborative approach, allows us to develop innovative solutions that have real-world impact.

To learn more about our spin-outs activities and other forms of collaboration in place, please follow the links below or contact our team


 Funders, partners and collaborators

We thank all our partners who have supported the delivery of our research vision, including our industrial collaborators, allied research institutions and technology organisations. We gratefully acknowledge the support we receive from all of our funding partners, with special thanks and recognition to our core funder, the EPSRC.

  • 3T
  • 3D
  • LifePrints
  • UK Ltd
  • Airforce Office of Scientific Research
  • Arkema
  • Akzo Nobel Coatings International BV
  • Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre
  • AstraZeneca
  • AWE
  • BMF
  • BMW
  • Borg Warner
  • Canon Production Printing
  • Castrol UK Ltd
  • CPI
  • Dstl
  • ETH Zürich
  • Exova
  • Formlabs
  • Fluorocarbon
  • Glass Technology Services Ltd
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Innovate UK
  • Johnson Matthey plc
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Leonardo MW Ltd
  • Liberty Steel Group
  • Loughborough University
  • Malvern Instruments Limited
  • Materialise
  • Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency
  • Medical Research Council
  • MTC
  • National Institutes of Health Sciences
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • National Science Foundation
  • Newcastle University
  • Nikon
  • Nanoscribe GmbH
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Oerlikon
  • Pfizer
  • PPG
  • QinetiQ Ltd
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Renishaw
  • Rogers Corporation
  • Royal Society
  • Siemens
  • Syngenta
  • Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
  • Texas Instruments
  • Texon
  • Unilever
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Reading
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Warwick
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Velcro
  • Wolfson Foundation
  • Xerox PARC


Centre for Additive Manufacturing

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

email: CfAM@nottingham.ac.uk