Additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies build three dimensional objects from digital models by progressively depositing material one layer at a time until the object is complete. This disruptive technology offers many advantages over existing manufacturing processes, from the freedom to manufacture almost any geometry imaginable to the virtual elimination of tooling costs which traditionally require large investment and results in long lead times.

The additive manufacturing theme at the Manufacturing Futures Lab brings together world leading multidisciplinary research groups at Imperial which have expertise in process and material development, material and mechanical characterisation, micromechanics modelling, design and application of additive manufacturing parts.

We work with polymers, metals and ceramics in fields as diverse as laser sintering electrodes for energy storage devices, fused deposition modelling of novel geometries for body armour, developing new inks for 3D deposition of ceramics and the application of additive manufacturing processes to orthopaedic implants, novel bio-inspired flying robots and robotic surgery.

Collaborative Research Centres

Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics
A UK centre for structural ceramics research and teaching, which aims to be world-leading in this key area and to develop links and collaborations with leading industrial and academic groups world-wide.

Design Engineering Group
The group is concerned with research into the design process in industry, the use of creativity tools in generative activity, geometric modelling and the integration of analysis in the design process.

Energy Futures Lab
Providing a secure and sustainable energy supply for the future is one of today's key issues. The Energy Futures Lab is addressing this issue through the support and funding of energy research across Imperial College London.

Engineering Alloys Group
The group explores the behaviour, processing and performance of materials for industries such as aerospace, nuclear power generation, large scale industrial processes, and microelectronics.

Materials Modelling Group
The group's expertise in multiscale materials modelling enables us to understand the fundamental aspects of materials deformation and predict how materials behave.

Medical Enginnering Group
The groups is involved in a variety of multidisciplinary projects using engineering techniques to solve orthopaedic problems and develop new orthopaedic devices.

Structural Integrity
Structural Integrity assessment brings together expertise in the Aeronautics, Materials and Mechanical Engineering departments at Imperial College London. It is concerned with determining the performance, durability and safety of equipment that is subjected to a range of operating conditions during use.