Dr Chris Sutcliffe has been associated with flexible manufacturing methods since 1999 when he joined the Department of Manufacturing Engineering at University of Liverpool (UoL). Here, along with academic colleagues he worked in a range of fields including laser processing using short pulse duration lasers, cold gas dynamic manufacturing, stereolithography of anatomical phantoms, selective laser sintering of medical devices, the production of controlled release oral dosages and selective laser melting. He is now recognised as an expert in the field of selective laser melting; in particular in the design of production manufacturing equipment and the development of next generation orthopaedic, trauma, spine and CMF implants for which he holds base technology and device design patents which have been licensed internationally. He has extensive industrial experience including being R&D Director at MTT Technologies where he was, prior to its 2011 purchase by Renishaw, responsible for the delivery of a £2.5m portfolio of EU, TSB, EPSRC and company funded projects. Dr Sutcliffe therefore has considerable experience in the management and delivery of large scale, multi-partner, multi-disciplinary research projects.
Dr Sutcliffe has built a research group at UoL with a strong international reputation in manufacturing particularly in the development of orthopaedic devices in close collaboration with industrial partners. Dr Sutcliffe plays a strong role in the development of the academic activities of the School of Engineering playing a leading role in the development of manufacturing teaching, learning and design.
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