University of Birmingham Teams Up for 3D Printing of Precious Metals

The University of Birmingham has joined forces with Cooksongold Additive Manufacturing to develop 3D printable precious metal alloys. Leveraging funds from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early-stage Prosperity Partnership, the endeavor will see contributions from key university figures like Dr. Biao Cai, Professor Moataz Attallah, and Dr. Sophie Cox, collaborating with Cooksongold technical specialists.

Established over a century ago in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Cooksongold is a leading supplier for the jewelry sector, with its additive manufacturing arm focusing on 3D printing precious metals. The company has previously been involved with 3D printing of precious metals when they manufactured gold parts for the Bentley Mulliner Batur automobile, as we previously saw in the article below.

EPSRC Prosperity Partnerships facilitate collaborative research between universities and manufacturers. The current partnership aims to address a crucial challenge in the precious metal industry. Such metals, integral to products ranging from wedding bands to dental implants, find applications in myriad industries, from healthcare to satellite production. The demand for high-precision, customized components in these sectors has underscored the importance of 3D printing, which offers unmatched precision in bespoke manufacturing.

University of Birmingham Teams Up for 3D Printing of Precious Metals
3D printed gold trim for the Bentley Mulliner Batur, manufactured by Cooksongold. (Image Credit: Bentley Motors)

To meet this demand, the initiative will harness cutting-edge methods to craft precious metal alloys tailored for 3D printing in rigorous industrial contexts. Dr. Biao Cai expressed his enthusiasm, anticipating strengthened ties with Cooksongold to confront pivotal hurdles in the precious metals domain.


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