UKINNOVATION UK101 Advanced Manufacturing LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY INNOVATIVE MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION RESEARCH CENTRE ( IMCRC) The Tailored Injury Prevention and Performance Improvement for Protective Sports Garments ( SCUTA) project unites world experts in the research of protective garments customised to the individual, utilising Additive Manufacturing ( AM) techniques. Through the increased manufacturing flexibility of AM, the design and production of highly complex and individualised products and components becomes entirely possible. The project utilises state-of- the- art manufacturing, biomechanical and impact testing facilities, to quantify and address the specific needs of athletes in three disciplines: Football, Taekwondo and Cricket. To establish the effectiveness of these customised products, specific sensing equipment is being developed and integrated into the protective garments. Testing using specially designed robots has proven the feasibility and the team are now refining prototypes. The IMCRC's research into the use of the Additive Manufacturing techniques is not just limited to the traditional manufacturing industries. The Freeform Construction: Mega- Scale Rapid Manufacturing for Construction project is investigating how these techniques may be applied to construction. This step change in technology aims to enable construction companies to " print" full- scale wall and volumetric components layer by layer. This new way of working will utilise computer- based three- dimensional modelling to automatically control precise deposition of construction material. This process has been termed " Freeform Construction" and the project aims to deliver a full- scale demonstration of the process. The Personalised Sports Footwear: E2HS - From Elite to High Street project comprises a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including experts in Additive Manufacturing, Industrial Design and Ergonomics. It is breaking new ground to develop high- performance sports footwear, optimised for the individual athlete. The technologies developed will contribute to the UK's medal- winning prospects in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, with a longer- term goal of bringing personalised sports shoes to the high street. The project has proved that optimised footwear enhances sprint performance. The team have applied for a patent to secure a licence for a new type of footwear and the technological advances recognised with a USA Society of Manufacturing Engineering Breakthrough Technology Award.
INNOVATION UK102Advanced Manufacturing LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY INNOVATIVE MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION RESEARCH CENTRE ( IMCRC) Acknowledgements We would like to thank all the organisations who are collaborating with us on these projects, to produce new innovative solutions for the manufacturing and construc-tion industries. Business Driven Automation Bosch Rexroth Ltd Ford Motor Company Ltd Schneider Electric Ltd ThyssenKrupp Krausse GmbH Adaptable Futures Arup Ball State University BAM Utiliteitsbouw Buildoffsite Buro Happold Charnwood Borough Council CIRIA DEGW Plc Development Securities Plc East Midlands Development Agency GlaxoSmithKline Mace Manubuild N G Bailey Reid Architecture Stubbs Rich Ltd Technische Universiteit Delft Terrapin Limited The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environ-ment Sheppard Robson Tailored Injury Prevention & Performance Improvement for Protective Sports Garments ( SCUTA) 3T RPD Adidas British Taekwondo Control Board Cranfield University Dunlop- Slazenger DSM England and Wales Cricket Board Georgia Institute of Technology Leicestershire Cricket Club Marylebone Cricket Club University of Cambridge University of Nottingham World Taekwondo Federation Freeform Construction: Mega- Scale Rapid Manufacturing for Construction BPB United Kingdom Limited Buro Happold Ltd Foster and Partners Helm X Laser Optical Engineering Ltd Putzmeister UK Saint- Gobain Weber Limited Shotcrete Plc Weber Building Solutions Personalised Footwear: E2HS - From Elite to High Street 3D Systems New Balance UK Sport Xaar TNO Industries Glasgow Caledonian University Queens University Belfast For further details, please contact: Dr Carol Bell, IMCRC Research Manager Tel: + 44 ( 0) 1509 227564 E- mail: c. j. bell@ lboro. ac. uk Website: www. lboro. ac. uk/ imcrc