WAAM3D’s Dr Filomeno Martina wins global Additive Manufacturing award

July 27, 2022

CEO and co-founder of WAAM3D Dr Filomeno Martina (right) has been awarded the International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (Courtesy WAAM3D)
CEO and co-founder of WAAM3D Dr Filomeno Martina (right) has been awarded the International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (Courtesy WAAM3D)

CEO and co-founder of WAAM3D Dr Filomeno Martina has been awarded the International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (FAME Jr) at this year’s Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium.

Dr Martina co-founded WAAM3D in July 2018 with a research team from Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK, where he was a senior lecturer and researcher. The company is based on Cranfield University’s research, carried out since 2006, working with organisations including Airbus, GE, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems.

His achievements whilst in academia, which led to the Award, include coordinating a €1 million EU Erasmus project to set up at Cranfield University the first ever MSc in metal Additive Manufacturing in the world. He has also contributed to the writing and the coordination of several successful multi-million-pounds bids and projects. During his PhD and post-doc work, he achieved better than wrought properties with alloys of titanium, nickel and iron, with a now-patented combination of Additive Manufacturing and in-process cold work of the deposit. Dr Martina was also a member of the team who made what is reputed to be the world’s largest single titanium part by Additive Manufacturing: a Eurofighter Typhoon primary frame structure measuring 2.5 m x 1.5 m.

A regular speaker on Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) at conferences globally, Dr Martina has published over forty peer-reviewed journal articles, some of which have been cited over 1,400 times. He has also helped draft ASTM and BSI standards on Directed Energy Deposition and WAAM.

“I’ve devoted my research and professional life to AM, to help mature this technology and see it applied extensively,” Dr Martina stated upon reception of the award. “It’s an honour to be recognised by the judges, especially as a member of the growing WAAM community. I would like to thank all my Cranfield and WAAM3D colleagues, and my family and friends, without whom none of this would have been possible.”

The FAME Award is sponsored by the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium under the aegis of the Advanced Manufacturing Centre of the University of Texas at Austin. The award is given annually to recognise an outstanding young researcher who, early in their career, the field of freeform/additive fabrication, has demonstrated significant research accomplishments, potential for a successful career, and service to the freeform community.


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