The new home for the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Composites centre is now open for business
Previously the centre was based in the original AMRC building on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, the new Composite Centre has now moved into bespoke facilities in a 1,800 sq m extension to the AMRC Factory of the Future. Construction of the extension was funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
This new facility will allow the AMRC Composite Centre to provide a full range of design, manufacturing, assembly and structural testing services for advanced composite materials. The Composite Centre also works with complex hybrid components and systems, which require manufacturing expertise in both composite and metallic structures.
The new centre includes a general workshop and a controlled environment with high-spec clean rooms. It is equipped with a growing selection of state-of-the-art design, development and processing equipment, including a automated fibre placement robot, 5-axis machining centres, filament winding machine, and selection of autoclaves and ovens.
The new equipment includes a major upgrade to the AMRC’s fibre placement robot provided by member company Automated Dynamics. Using such robots to automate the production of composite parts can help ensure consistent high quality of production, and reduce material waste.