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

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Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: ABCE/3DCP/2
Start date of studentship: 1 July 2020
Closing date of advert: 29 March 2020
Interview date: tbc

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

This studentship will place you at the heart of a world-leading research group at the cutting edge of automated, digital manufacturing for the architectural engineering sector.

You will 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 fundamentally limited by the manufacturing tolerances achievable. The work undertaken in this research will help develop the next generation technology to create a near-net-shape (slightly larger than the desired object) and then subtractive process to remove a small amount of material to create the net-shape.

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, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject; applicants with a background in manufacturing and knowledge of control and automation, CAD/CAM, cementitious materials and/or design/digital workflow are particularly welcomed. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.

Contact details

For information about the project, please contact:

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

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
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

Funding Notes

The three-year studentship is intended to start by 1 April 2020. It provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 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.

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