Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a method of converting digital models into reality through the layer-by-layer deposition of material. Compared to traditional subtractive manufacturing methods, additive manufacturing results in less material wastage and enables the creation of complex geometries which would otherwise be too difficult if not impossible.

Penetration of the technology has still been relatively limited due to uncertainty in part quality, high cost of equipment and limited design tools available to enable the true potential of technology.

Here in the additive manufacturing sub-theme we work on developing new design tools to enable better use and understanding of additive manufacturing technology. This approach is underpinned by fundamental science to explain the impact of different processing parameters. This understanding is then used in applications to create real benefit to users.

Research areas broadly include:

  • Design for additive manufacturing
  • Characterisation of additively manufactured products
  • Optimisation of the additive manufacturing process
  • Architectured materials

Example research


Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) of lattice structures on a Concept Laser mLab cusing

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS)

Published on 1st May 2015

Direct metal laser sintering of lattice structures in stainless steel 316L on a Concept Laser mLab cusing.