Professor Neil Hopkinson

Professor Neil Hopkinson


Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 7766
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 7890



Professor Hopkinson graduated from The University of Nottingham in 1993 with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Operations Management. After a brief career experiment as a football (soccer) coach in USA he opted to embark on a PhD in Rapid Prototyping/Tooling at Nottingham in 1996 – moving his PhD to De Montfort University in 1998.

Upon completing his PhD in 1999 Neil took up a lectureship at De Montfort University and moved to Loughborough University in 2001. In 2011 he took the post of Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Sheffield.

Research Areas

Neil’s research is field is Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3D Printing among many other names). He has been pioneer of the technology as a manufacturing process, publishing the first work proposing the use of "3D Printing" for series manufacture and being the lead editor on the world’s first book into the subject.

The field of Additive Manufacturing spans many disciplines that Neil has embraced through numerous collaborations with industry and academia across the globe. However the majority of his research has been into manufacturing process/material aspects and this has led to him being an inventor on two patent families.

Neil’s work has been recognised internationally by academia (e.g. IMechE A.M. Strickland award 2011, Rapid Prototyping Journal Outstanding paper of 2010) and industry (e.g. USA Society of Manufacturing Engineers Breakthrough Technology Award 2009). He is a member of the EPSRC Peer review College (2003 to present) and has advised various organisations globally regarding manufacturing strategy.

To date Neil has secured over £3.5M of cash from public sources (EPSRC, TSB etc.) and industry funding plus further in-kind support. He has been engaged as a consultant for a number of organisations.

Research Grants Over £100,000 as Principle Investigator

  • £184,729 from EPSRC Follow on Fund for Anchorless Selective Laser Melting (ASLM) of high melt temperature metals (1/10/11 - 30/9/12).
  • £349,628 from EPSRC/IMCRC on Advanced Understanding and Control of Polymer Sintering (1/4/09 – 30/9/11).
  • £1,092,013 from EPSRC/IMCRC plus £120,000 industrial cash for Integrated Project on Personalised Sports Footwear: From elite to High Street (1/10/06 – 30/9/11).
  • £108,656 from EPSRC Follow on Fund for Proving commercial viability of high speed sintering through a larger build area (1/10/06 – 30/9/07)
  • £264,751 from EPSRC/IMCRC for High Speed Sintering of Powders (1/4/04 – 30/9/06)
  • £419,632 from EPSRC for Investigation into Laminate Tools for Polyurethane Foam Moulding (1/10/01 – 30/9/04)


  • Hopkinson N (2006) Rapid manufacturing. Wiley.

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Ellis A, Hadjiforados A, Hopkinson N & Reinhold I (2015) Speed and accuracy of High Speed Sintering. International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, Vol. 2015-January (pp 303-306)
  • Kantor-Dyson L, Ellis A & Hopkinson N (2014) High speed sintering: The influence of print density on feature resolution and accuracy. International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, Vol. 2014-January (pp 404-407)
  • Mumtaz KA & hopkinson (2011) A Method to Eliminate Anchors/Supports from Directly Laser Melted Metal Powder Bed Processes. Proc. Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (pp 55-64). Austin Texas, USA, August 2011.
  • Toon D, Majewski C, Zarringhalam H, Hopkinson N & Caine M (2008) A novel approach to personalising the mechanical properties of sprint footwear (P179). ENGINEERING OF SPORT 7, VOL 2 (pp 207-213)
  • Williams BJ, Caine MP & Hopkinson N (2008) Benchmarking The Mechanical Properties of Currently Available Running Shoes. PROCEEDINGS OF FIRST JOINT INTERNATIONAL PRE-OLYMPIC CONFERENCE OF SPORTS SCIENCE AND SPORTS ENGINEERING, VOL II (pp 293-298)
  • Toon DT, Hopkinson N & Caine MP (2008) The effect of shoe bending stiffness on predictors of sprint performance: A pilot study. IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON SPORTS II (pp 643-648)
  • Williams BJ, Toon DT, Caine MR & Hopkinson N (2008) Kinematics of the foot segments during the acceleration phase of sprinting: A comparison of barefoot and sprint spike conditions. IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON SPORTS II (pp 199-204)
  • Webb DP, Hutt DA, Hopkinson N, Palmer PJ & Conway PP (2006) Integration and packaging of microsystems by polymer overmoulding. ESTC 2006: 1st Electronics Systemintegration Technology Conference, Vols 1 and 2, Proceedings (pp 567-574)
  • Webb DP, Hsu CC, Hutt DA, Hopkinson N, Conway PP & Palmer PJ (2005) Polymer overmoulding for microfluidic device packaging and system integration. Polytronic 2005, Proceedings (pp 134-139)
  • Abdul-Rani AM, Hopkinson N & Dickens PM (2004) Analysing the effect of mold temperature on foam density and foam surface texture. CELLULAR POLYMERS, Vol. 23(6) (pp 387-402)
  • Hopkinson N & Dickens P (1998) Study of ejection forces ire the AIM (TM) process. SOLID FREEFORM FABRICATION PROCEEDINGS, AUGUST, 1998 (pp 65-77)
  • Hopkinson N, Dickens PM & Jacobs PF (1997) Accuracy issues affecting the 3DKeltool(TM) process. FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: MANAGING ENTERPRISES - STAKEHOLDERS, ENGINEERING, LOGISTICS, AND ACHIEVEMENT (ME-SELA'97) (pp 387-395)
  • Hopkinson N & Dickens P (1997) Thermal effects on accuracy in the 3DKeltool (TM) process. SOLID FREEFORM FABRICATION PROCEEDINGS, SEPTEMBER 1997 (pp 267-274)
  • Mumtaz KA, HOPKINSON & Erasenthiran P () High Density Selective Laser Melting of Waspaloy. Proc. Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (pp 220-232). Austin Texas, USA, August 2011.
  • Mumtaz KA & hopkinson () Selective Laser Melting of Inconel 625 using Pulse Shaping. Proc. Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (pp 165-178). Austin Texas, USA, August 2011.


  • Mumtaz KA, Furlong MT & hopkinson (2011) Method, apparatus, computer readable storage medium and computer program for forming an object. US 2011/0042031 A1 (US). Appl. 24 Feb 2011.