Wednesday, January 15, 2014

News: AMRC's showcase of good design

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The DPTC is the latest acronym to open at The AMRC on the AMP.

The latest investment from the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing is the Design Prototype & Test Centre (DPTC) that is currently being filled with new 3D printing and machining equipment, ahead of an official opening.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the 2,700 sq m extension to an existing building will bring together design and prototyping with structural testing, key areas in the research of high-value manufacturing sectors such as aerospace, energy, motorsport and medical technology.

More than doubling the size of the original building that opened in 2004, the centre has secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund and High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The AMRC is a world-class centre for innovative research and focuses on advanced machining and materials research. All research is led by industrial partners, ensuring that work provides lasting value. The adjacent Nuclear AMRC provides a focal point for the bulk of the UK civil nuclear manufacturing industry supply chain.

The new facilities provide state of the art means, methods and skills to validate engineering materials, components, assemblies and full products. Certification and product validation are critical to the adoption of new manufacturing methods and technologies.

The new facilities also provide the Design & Prototyping Group, that has over 40 highly qualified design engineers, with a large prototyping workshop.
Over 50 delegates from around the world recently attended the two-day conference to showcase the work undertaken at the centre, including representatives from Boeing, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Goodrich, Spirit AeroSystems and Sandvik Coromant.

Adrian Allen, commercial director at the AMRC with Boeing, said: "It's hugely important that we run conferences like this – being able to showcase the results of what we are doing is vital.

"While much of our work is commercially sensitive and we can't shout about it in the public arena, our goal is and will always be to create jobs and wealth for the UK economy by undertaking the highest level research to create sustainable wealth for all."

Constructed at a cost of £4.3m by Miller Construction, the centre was designed by Bond Bryan to achieve a BREEAM rating of "very good" as it is linked to the centre's existing ground source heat pumps and wind turbine systems.

The architectural firm has an office in Sheffield and has played a significant role in shaping the world-leading advanced manufacturing facilities on the former Orgreave colliery site at Waverley. Bond Bryan has again been chosen by the University to work on designs for the AMRC's proposed Factory 2050, the £43m state-of-the-art research factory that is currently out to tender.

The AMRC Training Centre, the AMP's £20.5m centre also designed by Bond Bryan, has a launch event later this month.

AMRC website
Bond Bryan website

Images: Bond Bryan

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