Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printingManufacturing and Design

Our Manufacturing and Design group delivers research across a wide range of sectors, often through multi-disciplinary activities. Our academics have expertise in a number of disciplines, including mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, ergonomics and chemistry, and engage in research with experts from fields as diverse as biomechanics, psychology and biology.

Research in manufacturing technology focuses on additive manufacturing, composites and machining and spans a wide range of technology readiness levels from fundamental to applied research. This includes a number of activities with the University's multi-million pound Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Our design activities include close interaction with the University's Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Modelling (INSIGNEO).

Research centres

Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing

The Advanced Addititve Manufacturing (AdAM) group at the University of Sheffield conducts world leading research in the fast emerging field of additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing).

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Composite Systems Innovations Centre

The Composite Systems Innovation Centre (CSIC) is a state-of-the art research centre dedicated to innovation in the science of composite materials.

Visit the CSIC website

Our experts

Prof Patrick Fairclough
Dr Candice Majewski
Dr Kamran Mumtaz
Dr Patrick Smith
Dr Beverley Gibbs


In order to foster productive collaborations, our state of the art equipment is based across a number of labs, with complementary facilities and expertise from other disciplines. For example, our metal additive manufacturing work is primarily conducted with colleagues from our Department of Materials Science and Engineering, while our polymer additive manufacturing facilities are co-located with the university's composites labs. Examples of collaboration across technology readiness levels includes machining research where experimental data is recorded at AMRC and analysed within the Department.