Manufacturing Technology Centre
The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is inspiring Great British manufacturing globally by developing innovative manufacturing technologies and processes in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions.
Founded in 2010, the MTC has some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world enabling it to provide a specialised environment for the development and demonstration of innovation to be used on an industrial scale.
The MTC has more than 100 industrial members, who play an active role in the steering of the technological path of the organisation. The membership scheme promotes long term relationships, however, the MTC works with any company seeking a manufacturing solution.
During the project the MTC has been involved in a diverse range of work across several technology strands. This work includes; powder quality characterisation, including the development of powder test methods and AM specific material specifications; coordination of WP3 – ‘Automated Higher-Throughput AM Technologies’ with specific contribution to electron beam powder bed fusion process development and a hybrid AM approach for part repair; automated post processing methods based on adaptive flexible fixturing; the MTC’s NDT and metrology team has also played an important role in the evaluation of part quality, including defect detection. As one of the four pilot scale factory sites the MTC has focused on electron beam melting, to produce case study components and a virtual factory simulation. In the final 18 months of the project the MTC took over the consortium technical and project management from ESA.