The Centre carries out internationally leading research in Advanced Manufacture, focusing on High Value Manufacturing and the associated knowledge-based technologies – laser processing, intelligent robotics, micro engineering, nanotechnology, non-conventional machining, etc.
It builds upon the School's long tradition of excellence in manufacturing engineering and:
- the renewed recognition of high-value, high-technology manufacture as a critical national and international agenda;
- the University of Birmingham's strategic position as a key academic partner in the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in its role as a Catapult Centre;
- the University's Strategic investment in Advanced Manufacturing to ensure critical mass of staff and revitalise the physical environment of the Centre.
In this context, we conduct industry-facing basic and applied research centred on the following main themes:
To carry out this research the Centre benefits from well-equipped laboratories particularly in material removal processes, laser micro processing, robotics and surface metrology that are complemented by the additive manufacturing and characterization equipment of Metallurgy and Materials and Chemical Engineering Schools and the new MTC facilities.