The EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing are part of a novel approach to maximise the impact of innovative research for the UK, supporting existing industries, and more importantly, opening up new industries and markets in growth areas.
Each centre has received five years of funding to retain staff, develop collaborations, carry out feasibility studies, and support research projects. Each centre has been co-created with business, with EPSRC support being used as a platform from which the centres have secured further investment from industry and other funders.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision: creating ultra precision manufacturing processes and machines capable of producing emerging products of differing scale with nanometre accuracy.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services: designing high value systems such as aircraft engines that require less engineering service, and incur less whole life cost.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics: research into advanced manufacturing of new photonic materials, fibres and components.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Liquid Metal Engineering: equipping the UK metal-casting industry to become more cost-effective and sustainable, whilst improving casting quality.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine: translating ideas into treatments through pinpointing commercially robust practices and processes.
Developing advanced methods for functionally stratified design and near patient manufacturing, to enable cost effective matching of device function to the patient needs and surgical environment.
Exploiting the unique features of laser light to unlock manufacturing innovation, delivering ground-breaking industrial impact in key areas of the UK economy.
Enabling the cost-effective production of multi-functional large-area electronics systems and improving key manufacturing processes for enhanced performance
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation: changing the way manufacturing machinery is designed, operated, supported, upgraded, re-used and retired.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability: rapidly reducing the resource and energy-intensity of the production of existing goods, and investigating options for a redesign of the industrial system.
Taking a ‘Food System’ approach will provide a resource efficient and food secure future of the UK food industry, by engendering vision in the UK science base and improving uptake by the industry.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies: creating the capabilities to select drug candidates for clinical trials based on clinical efficacy and feasibility to manufacture the drug.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation: better products and processes through continuous manufacturing technology in the chemical process industries.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites: developing the next generation of composite manufacturing processes based on low cost, short cycle times, efficiency and sustainability.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology: creating and developing a 'factory on the machine' linking measurement and production to minimise cost, increasing complexity and quality in manufacturing.
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing: combining multiple materials and functions for complex electrical, optical and structural properties in a single manufacturing process.