The Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC), the second to be established with Lancaster University, has officially opened with the appointment of Centre Director, Dr Robert Scudamore. The new centre, which launched on 1st March, follows the success of the Joining 4.0 Innovation Centre (J4IC) opened in April 2017.
Dr Scudamore’s appointment comes on the back of his extensive experience of industry-driven research as part of TWI, including 14 years in increasingly Senior Management roles. He has led UK and EU technology strategy development through leadership positions in National Strategy Committees, dealing directly with UK Government and the EC, and currently manages a research group involving more than 30 technology themes and over 120 people.
Robert joined TWI at the beginning of his professional career in 2000 as a technical project leader. In four years he progressed to Section Manager initiating the Laser Additive Manufacturing business at TWI. In 2007 he became Technology Group Manager for Laser and Sheet Processes and, three years later, Technology Group Manager for Electron Beam, Friction and Lasers.In 2014 Robert became Manager of the Joining Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Group. He became a TWI Associate Director in 2011.
Robert said: “This exciting new venture will focus on combining additive manufacturing with artificial intelligence and machine learning, also looking into new material approaches and processing. There will be a synergy with the J4IC at Lancaster that will be leveraged. We’ll also be developing initiatives to certify Additive Manufacturing for serial production.”
Additive Manufacturing (AM) describes the technologies that build 3D objects by adding material, layer-upon-layer, from CAD data. AM is quickly emerging as a disruptive technology by enabling agile manufacture of complex highly functional components, whilst significantly reducing material waste and life-cycle costs. Companies of all sizes are investing in state-of-the-art AM machines and the support systems that they require.
Once employed mainly for prototyping, AM is now increasingly used in industries ranging from aerospace, automotive, consumer good, spare parts, small series production, tooling and medical implants.
TWI has been at the forefront of AM technology development for the last 25 years, and has built up detailed knowhow covering fundamental technology development, production and commercial exploitation.
AMIC will bring together expertise from TWI and Lancaster University to develop the international research profile and reputation of both partners in relation to AM, including the complete value chain of design and build optimisation, prototyping, performance validation and product industrialisation.
AMIC is a part of the TWI Innovation network, if you would like to know more about AMIC and the Innovation Network, please contact us.