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About Us

The UK National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) is here to accelerate the uptake of Additive Manufacturing (AM) by developing the technology and systems required to address the key challenges within the Additive Manufacturing value chain. The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing is based at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. We are also home to The European Space Agency (ESA) AM Benchmarking Centre and a founding partner of the ASTM AM Center of Excellence

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing has a team of engineers and technical specialists who are available to answer your questions on all aspects of Additive Manufacturing. Our facilities comprise metal, ceramic and polymer printers, plus a wide range of equipment for post-processing, and our digital factory environment has the latest software available to help you de-risk your adoption of Additive Manufacturing.

You can use these facilities to make your first prototype or to do your initial production run supported by our staff before making your own capital investment decisions. Whether you are at the beginning of your additive journey or an advanced practitioner looking to improve your productivity or product offering, we can help you to:

  • Shape your AM strategy: Understand if Additive Manufacturing is an opportunity and develop the business case and implementation plan.
  • Mature your AM process: Help select the right process technology, review the design and optimise the processing route. We can also help with factory design and planning scale-up to production.
  • Develop your technology: Test your technology in an industrial setting and demonstrate it to your potential customers. The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing can help you secure public funding for your development.
  • Improve your workforce competency: We have a comprehensive range of training courses for technicians, engineers and business leaders, available online or face-to-face.

Find out more about how we could help by contacting us.

National Centre for Additive Manufacturing leadership team

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing leadership team is responsible for the strategic direction of NCAM. They have extensive experience within their disciplines and are committed to making NCAM a centre of excellence for UK additive manufacturing.

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Prof. Ken Young

Technology Director

  • Overall responsibility for MTC technology research project portfolio including NCAM
  • Chairs cross-HVMC Centre AM technology forum

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Prof. David Wimpenny

Chief Technologist - NCAM

  • Primarily focussed on leading the development of collaborative R&D proposals

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Dr. Ross Trepleton

Chief Engineer and Business Unit Lead – Component Manufacturing Technologies / NCAM

  • Responsible for overall capability and performance of CMT Group which includes Additive Manufacturing, Laser Processing and Advanced Material Processing departments.

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Dr. David Brackett

Group Technology Manager – Component Manufacturing Technologies / NCAM

  • Responsible for technology strategy, technical governance and strategic partnerships for the CMT Group which includes Additive Manufacturing, Laser Processing and Advanced Material Processing departments.

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Dr. Hoda Amel

Technology Manager - AM

  • Guiding technology strategy development for the AM team 
  • Doctorate in Laser Sintered Polymer Parts 
  • Expertise in Polymer AM 

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Ruaridh Mitchinson

Product Development - AM

  • Managing the AM team's products and services 
  • Experienced in Electron Beam Melting, AM in production operations and facility setup  

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Dr. Tom Wasley

Resource Management - AM

  • Responsible for resource management, skills development of the AM team 
  • Doctorate in the development of AM processes and their materials 
  • Expertise in Ceramic and Bind & Sinter AM 

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Chris Turner

Business Unit Lead - AM

  • Provides leadership for the AM team across business unit performance, technical governance and strategy 
  • Many years experience in Metal Powder Bed Fusion (M-PBF) & Polymer AM across a number of highly regulated sectors.

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