Funding secured for Innovative R&D project
Machine Tool Technologies Ltd (MTT), has secured government backed funding for an exciting new Research and Development project. The £1.2 million project entitled “Modular Machine Tool and Process Simulator for Precision Machining” will focus on producing a predictive software tool that uniquely integrates both machine and machining models to provide prediction and visualisation of component geometry and surface finish.
This R&D project is a collaborative enterprise which will be led by MTT. The consortium is made up of leading machine tool builders, solution providers, academic institutions and end users. The aim of the project is to produce a tool that will enable end users to model the effects of machine, work holding and part flexibilities during the cutting cycle. This will allow better prediction of the quality of manufactured parts, dramatically reducing the time and risk for the development cycle of new products.
The project is a partnership between industrial partners Advanced Manufacturing Ltd, Holroyd Precision Ltd, MTT, MachineWorks Ltd, Reliance Precision Ltd and research leaders the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the University of Huddersfield.
Steve McVey, Research & Development Manager for MTT, said “This is a very exciting and challenging project. The consortium have a vast knowledge of machine tools from design and manufacture right through metrology and thermal analysis to dynamic analysis of stress, deformation and vibration. We aim to bring all this knowledge together and use it to create a system that will allow users to model the effects of geometry, thermal effects, deformation and vibration on their component. It will also be a new tool for MTT in terms of understanding machine errors and analysing them to a level never before possible”
This funding has been secured from Innovate UK, a government body who fund and support innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth. They are sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Since 2007 Innovate UK has invested over £3 billion, assisting 5,000 businesses and creating over 35,000 new jobs.