Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)
Stephen Fitzpatrick is the Machining and Additive Manufacturing Group Lead at the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Stephen has worked at the AFRC for four years and is currently leading a team of engineers and researchers working on direct energy deposition processes. Prior to the AFRC, Stephen spent sixteen years developing complex aerospace manufacturing processes. Stephen studied in Sheffield, and is a Chartered Engineer of the IMechE.
There is a large emphasis across the tool and die sector to develop new methods which reduce cost, improve life and functional performance. These industries are made up of a large number of SMEs and adopting new methods require significant investment. DigiTool will develop an additive manufacturing digital framework with three automated closed loop cycles, which has cross sector applicability in all re/manufacturing applications and can be integrated with existing legacy machine tools, providing an affordable solution.
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