New UK Centre of Excellence for Additive Manufacturing launched

University of Wolverhampton – Research project enabling enhanced performance electronic thermal management through EOS M290 pure copper metal 3D printing (parts designed in nTop)
University of Wolverhampton – Research project enabling enhanced performance electronic thermal management through EOS M290 pure copper metal 3D printing (parts designed in nTop)

The University of Wolverhampton, 3D printing leader EOS and AMCM (Additive Manufacturing Customized Machines) have joined forces to launch a new UK Centre of Excellence for Additive Manufacturing (AM).

The partnership, which will provide access to technology from EOS and AMCM, will specialise in the development of advanced materials and processes for demanding applications within industries such as space, automotive, aerospace, electronics, and quantum computing.

Partially funded by the UK's Regional Innovation Fund (RIF), the centre will be based in the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) at the University of Wolverhampton’s Springfield Campus. The centre will be a hub for knowledge exchange and research commercialisation activities, catering for customers in a wide range of sectors.

The University of Wolverhampton’s Additive Manufacturing Research Group and its spin-off company, Additive Analytics, will lead material and process development activities. Industries ranging from automotive and electronics to quantum computing and aerospace are already expressing interest, highlighting the broad applicability of copper AM for thermal management and electrification.

Whilst copper has desirable properties, it is challenging to laser process, hindering its widespread adoption in AM. The work of the consortium aims to address this by leveraging cutting-edge technologies, processes, and expertise to drive efficiency and reduce material waste.

Building on the University of Wolverhampton’s 20-year relationship with EOS, the new Centre of Excellence will have an AMCM 290 FLX, a laser powder bed fusion system capable of processing challenging materials like copper. The system is a customised EOS M 290 machine equipped with nLIGHT beam shaping laser technology, high temperature processing capabilities and excellent oxygen control.

Professor Arun Arjunan, director of the ECMS and Centre for Engineering Innovation and Research at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The establishment of the UK Centre of Excellence for copper AM marks a significant milestone in additive manufacturing, setting the stage for a new era of innovation, sustainability, and responsible manufacturing. Future projects will investigate the integration of laser process data and machine learning, and artificial intelligence technologies for efficient material and laser process development.”

Nathan Rawlings, sales manager at EOS UK, said: “Additive manufacturing with materials such as copper offers huge benefits for product designers, but they can be demanding for manufacturers to work with. This new Centre of Excellence will create and test the processes that enable material benefits to be reliably and consistently realised in real-world manufacturing component manufacturing.”





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