Near Net Shape Manufacturing

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Near Net Shape Manufacturing offer more efficient material usage, and can significantly reduce machining requirements to better meet national challenges in sustainability, recycling, and the circular economy. These processes can offer greater flexibility, previously inaccessible structures, and reduced costs for the next generation of complex components. 


For Royce at the University of Sheffield, the capabilities enable UK industrial and academic communities to explore and expand metal technologies related to powder, wire, and melted ingot routes. These are leading and popular Additive Manufacturing techniques such as Selective Laser Melting and Electron Beam technologies. 

Royce hosts equipment to deliver emerging processes such as Field Assisting Sintering Technology/Spark Plasma Sintering (FAST/SPS), as well as wire fed Directed Energy Deposition processes, and hybrid processes using post-process hot forging. 

Isostatic Pressing facilities and access to researchers position Royce at the University of Sheffield as a Centre for Solid State Processing Excellence, uniquely accessible for small industries and individual researchers. 

Additionally, the loop between feedstock and Near Net Shape components is closed within Royce - with a range of powder production facilities for use with alloys discovered/manufactured on equipment from other Technology Platforms.


The University of Sheffield prides itself on being a Centre of Excellence for Solid State Processing. 

Find out more through our brochure which can be downloaded here.


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