Centre Director to present update on National Strategy

Professor Duncan Hand will present an update on the National Strategy in Laser-based Processes at the AILU organised event 'Innovations for Economic Growth: The UK Uptake of laser materials processing' at the MTC in Coventry.

The event will be held on the 8 July and chaired by Professor Lin Lee and Clive Grafton-Reed.


The Centre is supporting the SMAS National Manufacturing Conference

The Centre for Laser-based Production Processes and Heriot-Watt University is supporting the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service's National Manufacturing Conference 2014 on Thursday 12 June at Dunblane Hydro.

Building on the success of 'Manufacturing: Driving Value for Scotland' held in March 2012, this major national event will once again bring together over 400 business leaders and key decision makers from Scottish manufacturing to celebrate a strong, robust and successful Scottish manufacturing sector.


National Manufacturing Debate 20-21 May 2014

British manufacturers are increasingly opting to use local suppliers as the cost of outsourcing abroad rises and incentives to move production back to the UK are more attractive. This has the potential to improve the UKs industrial base, create jobs, and ultimately strengthen our economy. But where does UK manufacturing productivity rank against international competitors and how can we improve it? What does
Government/industry need to do to ensure this trend continues?


EPSRC funding for additional Cranfield-led doctoral training centre

The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced 22 new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). One of these, a new £7.8m Centre for Structural Integrity & Materials for Offshore Wind and Marine Renewable Energy, will be led by Cranfield and they will partner in a second new centre.


International Symposium on Additive Manufacturing @Taiwan

Organised by the British Trade & Cultural Office (BTCO), Additive Manufacturing Association of Taiwan (AMAT) and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), the 1st Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing International Conference was held at NTUST in Taipei on 3 March 2014. This conference convened international academic representatives and AM vendors together to present the most up-to-date technology, application and market trends.


Centre for Laser-based Production Processes at MACH 2014

The Centre for Laser-based Production Processes will be present at MACH 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham.  MACH 2014 is the UK’s largest event for Manufacturing Technologies. Over five days, more than 20,000 visitors will see some 500 exhibitors putting their latest technologies and innovations through their paces.

Visit Cranfield University's exhibition stand, number 4672, to find out more about the centre.


Roadmapping event marks the beginning of a national strategy for laser-based production

Representatives from the Laser-based production community met at the Institute of Physics in London yesterday to begin the development of a UK roadmap for Laser-based production.  The event organised jointly by the Centre for Laser-based Production Processes and AILU (Association of Industrial Laser Users) drew on information provided by laser users, laser and system suppliers and researchers in the area to identify the key opportunities and the technological input required to realise them.  



Revolutionary 3D metal production process developed at Cranfield

The 3D printing process, also known as Additive Manufacturing (AM), enables the manufacture of large structural parts at significantly reduced time and cost constraints when compared to existing methods. 

Virtually any shape can be created through a process of adding successive layers of material in different shapes. Traditional machining techniques mostly rely on the removal of material through cutting or drilling, creating more wastage.