University of Birmingham researchers and Cooksongold Additive Manufacturing, a division of Cookson Precious Metals Ltd. headquartered in Birmingham, UK, have received Early-stage Prosperity Partnership funding from the UK’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a project to develop precious metal alloys that can be used in Additive Manufacturing.
This project will see a team of experts address critical requirements in the precious metals industry. In addition to jewellery and dental implants, precious metals are utilised in a number of industrial applications. These include sectors such as glass manufacturing, healthcare, and satellite technology, many of which require high-performance, customised components and are prime candidates for Additive Manufacturing.
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EPSRC Prosperity Partnerships enable universities and manufacturing businesses to work together to address shared research challenges. This project will involve collaboration between university metallurgists Dr Biao Cai and Professor Moataz Attallah from the School of Metallurgy and Materials, and healthcare technologies expert Dr Sophie Cox from the School of Chemical Engineering, along with technical specialists from Cooksongold.
“I am delighted with the success of our application and am looking forward to extending the working relationship with Cooksongold in this project, to tackle key industrial challenges in the precious metals industry,” stated Dr Cai.