Innovative Manufacturing

Research in innovative manufacturing includes:

  • advanced welding (arc and laser, structural integrity).
  • cutting (by laser, EDM, ECM,  mechanical tools and hybrid).
  • drilling (laser, mechanical and hybrid).
  • additive manufacturing (by laser and arc strip cladding).
  • surface engineering (hardening, coating, cladding, cleaning and texturing with laser beams).
  • micro/nano fabrication (laser, EDM, ECM, mechanical, injection moulding).
  • resource and energy efficient manufacturing.

The main aim of the research is to improve manufacturing capability, productivity, energy and material efficiency, component functionality and reduce environmental impacts.  Emerging areas of research include re-manufacturing, bio-manufacturing and sustainable manufacturing.   

Why don't you come and join us?

Available PhD projects 

Key People


Research projects

EXHUME - The project aims to deliver industrial impact by underpinning and encouraging cross-sector use of recycled composite materials.


The research is supported by an extensive range of facilities, such as advanced modelling and simulation (FEM, CFD, SPH) and state-of-the-art laboratories, applied to the aerospace, nuclear, automotive, renewable energy, biomedical, security, electronic and consumer goods industries.


Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Bombardier, Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Steel, NHS, TWI Ltd, Dyson Ltd, School of Materials, School of Medicine, Dental School,  National Nuclear Laboratory, Sheffield University, Liverpool University.  

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