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Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering



Jon studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Exeter, graduating in 2011, before moving on to study an MSc by Research in Precision Engineering at Cranfield University. He finished his studies at Cranfield in 2012, before moving to the IfM to study in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision under Prof Bill O’Neill. He completed his MRes in 2013, with his project concentrating on using spatial light modulators for high power applications.

Current research

Jon's Project Page.

Jon’s research is in the field of Laser Additive Manufacturing.  He is working towards increasing process throughput in selective laser melting (SLM) of metals for application in the biomedical industry.  The design freedom and complexity of parts afforded by SLM is hugely beneficial in producing implants but the current machines are effectively large prototyping machines, not dedicated production systems.  The aim of the research is to provide a solution for reducing process time via new energy delivery mechanisms.  It is hoped these new mechanisms will manage fundamental process instabilities and reduce part stresses.  The technology developed by the research will be used to help create dedicated machines for production of large volumes of biomedical components.


Parkins, J.; Jourdain, R.; Marson, S.; Shore, P.; Sparkes, M.; O’Neill, W.; Laser Assisted Plasma Processing: An Overview. 12th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, euspen 2012.

Parkins, J., Sparkes, M., O'Neill, W., Jourdain, R., Shore, P.; Predictive modelling of laser heating in low thermal expansion glass to laser assist plasma surface figuring. 14th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, EUSPEN 2014.


Jon has been awarded the Leete Premium Award by the Worshipful Company of Engineers for his PhD studies.

After finishing his PhD, Jon has moved onto a graduate role with Halma plc in which he will tackle a range of R&D, production and commercial projects.

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 Jon  Parkins
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