Congratulations to Dr Richard Trask who has been awarded an EPSRC Engineering Fellowship for Growth. Richard’s research on Morphogenesis Manufacturing: Smart Materials with Programmed Transformations was selected as one of ten UK projects funded by this scheme, which aim to maintain the UK’s research leadership in “Great British Technologies”.
The Fellowship will run over a five year period in partnership with GKN Aerospace Services Ltd, Thomas Swan and Co Ltd, Designers at ‘Plot’ based in London, the National Composites Centre, dstl and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham.
The work will demonstrate the potential of ‘bottom-up’ additive manufacturing to produce advanced metamaterials e.g. materials not found in nature or engineering. To achieve this they will use creative manufacturing processes to develop materials with programmed intelligence in complex 3D architectures. These new modes of assembly will rely on smarter materials rather than machines of increasing complexity.
For further information please see the EPSRC announcement.