AMEE Laboratory

Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Laboratory

The AMT laboratory houses a 3-axis diamond turning machine, a 5-axis micro-milling machine, a 3-axis reconfigurable meso-machine and a Bridgeport VMC500 (24,000 rpm, 18 kW). In addition, a range of high precision spindles (250,000 rpm DC motor-driven aerostatic spindle, 45,000 rpm magnetic bearing spindle, 10,000 rpm aerostatic spindle) and PC-based controllers (UMAC and PMAC controllers) have recently been contributed by the industrial collaborators. Ancillary equipment includes AFM, CMM, Zygo 3D surface profiler, Wyko 3D surface profiler and other 2D/3D surface metrology and workpiece surface integrity equipment (SEM, microhardness, X-ray residual stress and fatigue). The AMT laboratory is headed by Professor Kai Cheng and currently accommodates over a dozen of PhD students and research fellows/assistants who are working in various projects related to:

  • Micro/nano manufacturing 
  • Design of ultraprecision machines 
  • Micro/nano metrology 
  • Manufacturing metrology
  • Condition monitoring and control
  • Manufacturing systems 
  • Robotics and manufacturing automation
  • 2D/3D vibration assisted machining 
  • Machining dynamics
  • Advanced manufacturing using lasers
These projects are funded by the EPSRC, EU 6th Framework Program, KTP Program, DTI, and the industry. The laboratory is currently working with more than 30 industrial partners including TWI, NPL, UPM, Delta Tau, Rolls-Royce, Grundfos, etc.

Enterprise Engineering & Systems Laboratory

CAD/CAM Laboratory

 The above new labs are located in the newly built Michael Sterling Building, more information to follow.

Page last updated: Thursday 05 July 2012