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Access specialist technologies

We continually invest in new equipment to support research and development activities for both fundamental science research and commercial R&D, to help solve engineering, technology and manufacturing challenges.

Your business can access our cutting edge facilities and expertise as part of a joint research project, or as stand-alone equipment usage.

Our capabilities
Additive layer manufacturing
3D printing, rapid prototyping and rapid tooling technologies (polymer, metals and ceramics).
Automation Systems
Automation systems engineering and lifecycle, process control, embedded systems and virtual engineering.
Energy storage and system characterisation
Hybrid and electric powertrain testing, battery system and ageing evaluation, thermal characterisation, aggressive test and forensic tear down, new battery chemistry scale-up and electrical system testing.
Intelligent and autonomous vehicles
3xD drive in, driver-in-the-loop driving simulator including driver eye tracking, infotainment and communication simulation, remote sensing and high definition visualisation.
5-Axis machining, cutting tool materials (metal matrix composites, titanium alloys, and non-metallic materials such as carbon fibre composites).
Material Characterisation
Static and dynamic mechanical testing, high-speed digital image correlation / thermal imaging and microscopy (metals, polymers, composites and hybrid materials).
Material Processing and Joining
Composite manufacturing processes, sheet metal forming and alloy extrusion press. Joining processes including remote laser welding, stamping, roll forming, self-piece riveting and adhesive bonding.
Metrology and Inspection
3D measurement, CT scanning, digital design verification and validation, quality inspection.
Polymer Characterisation and Processing
Injection moulding, measuring and extruding, mechanical testing and thermal analysis of polymers, nanocomposites and multi-functional materials.
How to access

Contact the Business Development team to discuss engaging in collaborative research projects and equipment usage access.

Richard Seager, Business Development Manager

T: 02476 575 935
M: 07824 541071


Our equipment and facilities