CFPR and Industry
Dycem Ltd find a profitable new direction
Dycem’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE Bristol is projected to deliver a £1,060,000 increase on pre-tax annual profits in three years for the company. The specialist floor covering manufacturer worked with the CFPR to create a new, high-quality floor covering for ‘safety critical’ environments, which could also be printed with bespoke customer logos, patterns and images.
The project, which came to end early in 2012, was recently graded as outstanding by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) – an exceptional result as only a small percentage of completed KTPs nationally achieve the top grade – and was announced one of the top nine projects, out of around 850 in the TSB’s Best of the Best Awards 2013.
How does a university arts department qualify itself within the arena of developing industrial research projects? Partnerships forged between the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) and industry, now constitute approximately a third of the research work we undertake. These collaborations have grown over the last ten years as the reputation of the Centre has increased. This specifically refers to collaboration between researchers and industry, which develops either a new industrial product, or a process that assists the creative development of new profitable markets. We have a variety of different opportunities, which allow us to access government funds for working with industry.
Novel ceramic materials for rapid prototyping
David Huson and Stephen Hoskins have a patent for their research which allows an exact real clay replacement to be printed using a digital file via 3D printing technology (rapid prototyping)which can then be fired in a kiln and glazed, replacing the plaster powder used in the rapid prototype process. This process moves rapid prototyping from its classification as a prototyping process towards a production process. Their research also produced a new understanding of processes through the whole of the workflow involved, such as the parameters used during firing. The technology is developing fast and the Centre for Fine Print Research has taken a clear international lead in the quality of objects that can be printed.
Burleigh Pottery project - new production possibilities
The CFPR: working with industry case studies
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