The LightForm EPSRC Programme grant, in collaboration with The Henry Royce Institute, has been running a seminar series showcasing the research from many of the Manufacturing the Future EPSRC funded projects.

Our aims in organising this series are to increase awareness of ongoing research in these projects, to inspire multidisciplinary collaborations between the grant holders and their institutions, and to introduce the Manufacturing the Future EPSRC funded projects to the wider materials community.

The seminar series began in March, with the first seminar given by Prof. Stewart Williams and Dr Jialou Ding presenting research from the New Wire Additive Manufacturing (NEWAM) EPSRC Programme grant centred at Cranfield University.

Since then, we have hosted four more seminars from leading figures in manufacturing across different fields. In early May, Prof. Sir David Payne from the University of Southampton gave a talk on the activities of the National Hub in High Value Photonic Manufacturing. This was followed by a talk on digital twin smart manufacturing processes for high value added products from Prof. Xichun Luo from the University of Strathclyde. The most recent two talks were given by Dr Zushu Li from the University of Warwick, and Prof. Cameron Pleydell-Pearce, from Swansea University. Both talks focused on the importance of sustainably manufacturing steel in the UK.

Royce Hub Building residents have all enjoyed the return to in-person talks given by visitors, and all events have been well attended. There has been good engagement online too, with attendees from many other UK institutions including Bath, Imperial, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham and beyond. We have also had several attendees from institutions and industry from even further afield including France, Germany and China!

We have more talks scheduled from September onwards. For more information on these upcoming events, please see the series website. You can also sign up to attend future events through this link. 


Video links

New Wire Additive Manufacturing (NEWAM)
Prof Stewart Williams and Dr Jialuo Ding, Cranfield University

National Hub in High Value Photonic Manufacturing
Prof Sir David Payne, University of Southampton

Multiscale Digital Twin-Driven Smart Manufacturing System for High Value-Added Products
Prof Xichun Luo, University of Strathclyde

Uncovering Fundamental Mechanisms to Enable Sustainable Steel Manufacturing & critical technology assessment of the viability of future UK steel production
Dr Zushu Li, University of Warwick

SUSTAIN Manufacturing Hub
Prof Cameron Pleydell-Pearce, University of Swansea



Upcoming Talks

2pm BST 15 September 2022
‘Hetero-print’: A holistic approach to transfer-printing for heterogeneous integration in manufacturing
Prof Peter Skabara, University of Glasgow

2pm BST 6 October 2022
Future Electrical Machines Manufacturing Hub
Prof Geraint Jewell, University of Sheffield

2pm BST 27 October 2022
Future Advanced Metrology Hub
Prof Dame Jane Jiang, University of Huddersfield

2pm GMT 10 Nov 2022
Enabling Next Generation Additive Manufacturing
Prof Richard Hague, University of Nottingham

2pm GMT 24 November 2022
The Future Continuous Manufacturing and Advanced Crystallisation Research Hub
Prof Alastair Florence, University of Strathclyde

2pm GMT 8 December 2022
AirGuide Photonics
Prof David Richardson, University of Southampton