Future Manufacturing Hub for Powder Processes Launches

Future Manufacturing Hub for Powder Processes LaunchesMAPP aims to address the challenges and opportunities surrounding advanced powder processes through an ambitious interdisciplinary research programme.

The EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes, MAPP, launches today (Tuesday 31 January) at the University of Sheffield.

MAPP is a £20m research hub led by the University of Sheffield and brings together expertise from the Universities of Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, and Imperial College London, together with 17 industry partners and the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

MAPPaims to realise the potential of advanced powder processes to provide low energy, low cost and low waste high-value manufacturing routes and products to secure UK manufacturing productivity and growth.

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The launch event will bring together 150 delegates from industry, universities, Catapults centres and sponsors. MAPP director and RAEng chair, Professor Iain Todd will give an overview of MAPP’s vision and how it aims to address the challenges and opportunities surrounding advanced powder processes through an ambitious interdisciplinary research programme.

Professor Todd explained” “It’s an exciting time for powder based processes with new opportunities opening up rapidly in a range of key sectors, including aerospace, energy, automotive and healthcare. However, there are still some fundamental scientific issues to be addressed before these technologies can be adopted more widely.

“MAPP brings together leading UK researchers, industry and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult to achieve right first time manufacturing for advanced powder processes and develop the next-generation of manufacturing technologies. Activities like MAPP are fundamental in helping to solve the longer term challenges faced by UK industry in adopting new manufacturing technologies. The launch event is a great opportunity for us to showcase our vision and plans to industry and academics and expand our network“.

Presentations from academic partners will talk about how new insights into the behaviour of powder materials within manufacturing processes are leading to better outcomes for UK industry. Professor Peter Lee from the University of Manchester will talk about how research at the Diamond Light Source at Harwell is bringing new understanding to advanced powder processes such as metal additive manufacturing. Professor Andrew Bayly from the University of Leeds will discuss how research to better understand the fundamentals of powder formation and their dynamic behaviour in processes is being used to improve manufacturing routes.

MAPP brings together industry partners from two key UK sectors, aerospace and energy, and across the full supply chain. Presentations from MAPP’s industry partners will outline the opportunities for advanced powder processes, some of the challenges which need to be overcome, and how the research in MAPP, together with aligned programmes funded by industry and the UK government, are overcoming the challenges and delivering benefit for UK productivity and growth.

Speakers include Dr Alison Wagland, technology manager at Johnson Matthey; Rob Sharman, global head of Additive Manufacturing at GKN Aerospace; and Dr Phil Carroll, chief executive officer of LPW Technology.