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Current PhD Projects

Once completing the MRes component of the course, the students then continue on to their three-year PhD. Below you'll find details of each individuals project which many have extensive support from industrial partners.

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision also has a number of PhD students doing their studies in this area of manufacturing. Further details of these can be found here.


 

Development of non-contact methods for measuring the outside geometry of AM parts

Additive manufacturing is rapidly growing with more and more industries incorporating it in their manufacturing processes. However, before it can be widely adopted in the manufacturing industry, purpose built metrology systems must be designed to ensure tight tolerances and traceability are provided. The aim will be to develop an optical metrology system for measuring the complex outside form of AM parts.

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Digitally enabled surface function modification for wide area applications

The fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces is the focus of intense research globally. There are many potential applications for the technology because of the potential to accurately channel water, reduce corrosion, reduce cleaning cycles and therefore water consumption and to possibly reduce the adhesion of biological contamination. Additional applications of interest include biomedical diagnostics, micro fuel cells and water harvesting devices but these all call for the development of patternable wettability control.

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Display motion error reduction through novel binary dithering schemes

This project is an investigation into display motion performance. Experiments using a prototype and computer modelling have demonstrated that fast switching binary displays can potentially display colour images at over 500Hz using novel techniques, greatly benefiting applications such as virtual reality by reducing latency and blurring.

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Experimental Investigation of Filament Behaviour in Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) is an attractive alternative to conventional manufacturing techniques due to its geometric freedom and versatility. Fused deposition modelling (FDM) is a relatively low cost form of AM, which is able to produce complex features via layer-by-layer extrusion, however, it is commonly characterised by poor quality. This project investigates how the dimensional, geometrical accuracy, and repeatability (precision) of the FDM process could be improved through the evaluation and modifications of its current mechanisms.

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High Rate Additive Manufacture using Holographic Beam Shaping (HBS)

The project will focus on high rate production of 3D plastic and metal parts using holographic beam shaping (HBS) to perform selective laser sintering (SLS). Current additive manufacturing (AM) techniques are reliant upon electron and laser beam technologies to selectively melt a small area.

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High speed mask-less laser controlled precision additive manufacture

This PhD project has been initiated to develop a laser-based precision additive manufacturing route for the CIM-UP platform at the University of Cambridge.

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High-precision form shape and texture artefacts

High precision manufacturing of components at micro and millimetre scale often require multiplatform manufacturing which may involve various additive and subtractive manufacturing. The quality of such products relies on traceable high accuracy shop floor measuring instruments. Traceability of such instruments is limited to basic calibration routines that certify the axis of the machines, however, this is not enough for the measurement of complex parts with inherited micro geometry.

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Holography as a consumer display solution

The outcomes of this project have led to development of new strategies enabling significant increases in material deposition rate in a scanning regime, and methods of implementation have been proposed. Feasibility studies on disruptive technologies have also been performed, which will form the basis of further research by subsequent students.

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Inexpensive and Seamless Orthoses by 3D Printing of Novel Biomimetic Structures and Materials

The aim of the project is to improve the efficacy/comfort and global availability of low-cost orthoses for diverse musculoskeletal and traumatic conditions through 3D printing of novel liquid crystal polymers in biomimetic structures with higher strength and stiffness, and therefore less weight than current 3D printed orthoses.

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Laser processing of carbon nanotube fibers and films

This project aims to develop a scalable manufacturing route for reliable field emission cathodes. By using state of the art and innovative processes, field emission has increased by over 400%. The latest device design has been manufactured and is currently being tested at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Continuing my long project ensured I was ready to hit the ground running when I transitioned from MRes to PhD. 

Clare Collins, PhD