Dr Peter Walters
Peter joined the Centre for Fine Print Research in February 2007 to take up an RCUK Academic Fellowship, based in the Centre’s 3D printing laboratory. In 3D printing, physical objects are fabricated directly from designs created in 3D modelling software. 3D printers can fabricate objects in a range of materials which include plastics, metals, ceramics and even edible materials.
Peter’s research explores novel uses for 3D printing in applications ranging from design and the visual arts to robotics and medical technologies.
Peter trained and worked as an industrial designer in Sheffield and he completed his PhD in prototyping and human-centred design practice at Sheffield Hallam University. Since moving to the University of the West of England, he has undertaken research, knowledge exchange and consultancy projects with Aardman Animation, Hewlett Packard Labs, Renishaw PLC, the celebrated “Pop” artist Richard Hamilton and the British Museum.
He contributed to a 3-year research project funded by the AHRC which was entitled The Fabrication of Three Dimensional Art and Craft Artefacts through Virtual Digital Construction and Output and a 1 year AHRC follow-on funding project on 3D printing for the ceramics industry, with Denby Pottery.
Research Grants Awarded
2012-15 Bioinspired Control of Electro-Active Polymers for Next Generation Soft Robotics, EPSRC Research Grant £1273568, Researcher Co- Investigator
2009-10 Smart materials and novel actuators: creative applications in art and design, Grants for early career researchers at UWE £20000, Principal Investigator
2007-12 RCUK Academic Fellowship
His ongoing research interests include:
Novel applications of 3D printing technologies in design and the visual arts
Creative robotics and smart shape-changing materials
Historical and philosophical perspectives on technology within the visual arts
Peter welcomes enquiries from students wishing to pursue research in art, design and creative technologies.
Current research projects
Bioinspired Control of Electro-Active Polymers for Next Generation Soft Robotics. EPSRC joint project with University of Sheffield, University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Smart materials and novel actuators, creative applications in art and design. Funded by UWE early career started grant.
New technologies for 3D realization in Art and Design practice Peter Walters and Paul Thirkell Artifact, Volume 1, Issue 4, pages 232 – 245, 2007
Edible 3D Printing. Walters, P., Huson, D. and Southerland, D. Digital Fabrication 2011 Conference, NIP 27, 27th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, Minnesota, USA, October 2011.
Digital Fabrication of “Smart” Structures and Mechanisms—Creative Applications in Art and Design. Peter Walters and David McGoran. Digital Fabrication 2011 Conference, NIP 27, 27th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, Minnesota, USA, October 2011.
Printing 3D dielectric elastomer actuators for soft robotics. Jonathan Rossiter, Peter Walters, and Boyko Stoimenov.’ Proceedings of the11th SPIE Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) conference, San Diego, California, USA, March 2009.
Peter's current CV