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Manufacturing accurate net-shaped Concrete components using hybrid-3D Print

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, May 31, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: ABCE/3DCP/2
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2020
Closing date of advert: 31 May 2020
Interview date: tbc

Primary supervisor: Prof. Richard Buswell
Secondary supervisor: Dr Peter Kinnell

You will join a world-leading research group at the cutting edge of automated, digital manufacturing for the architectural engineering sector and co-develop revolutionary technology alongside industrial partners and our start-up company.

You will be embedded in the Hybrid Concrete Printing Group and Intelligent Automation Centre at Loughborough and interact with the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield. You will have opportunities to develop your national profile through the UK’s Industrial Strategy initiatives and your international networks through conferences and collaborations.

Loughborough University is a top-ten university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough, you will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored advice to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning in 2014, with 95% of research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. The School boasts world class facilities, with one of the fastest High-Performance Computer clusters in the UK and a £1.4m investment in its 3,000m2 laboratory, home to the two 100kg payload robots that underpin the work of the Hybrid Concrete Printing Group.

Full Project Detail:

3D Concrete Printing is a digitally driven, off-site manufacturing technology establishing itself worldwide as a viable manufacturing process, but its potential is limited by the manufacturing tolerances achievable. This PhD will help develop the next generation technology and design tools that will enable the forming of large, precise geometries in concrete through combining additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques.

The studentship will be embedded between two significant research projects:
• Design-for-manufacture of 3DCP structural composites (
• Manufacturing integrated building components using digital hybrid Concrete Printing technology (

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Examples of our previous 3DCP work:

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage. A background in manufacturing and/or knowledge of control and automation, CAD/CAM, cementitious materials and/or design/digital workflow is desirable.

Funding information:

The three-year studentship is intended to start 1 October 2020. It provides a tax-free stipend of £15,285 a year (2019/20 rates – stipend will rise in line with the level set by the Research Council) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Contact details:

For information about the project, please contact:

Name: Prof. Richard Buswell
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 223783

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222611

How to apply:

Applications should be made online at and must include an outline research proposal. Under programme name, please select Civil and Building Engineering (Built Environment).

Please quote reference number: ABCE/3DCP/2

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