Manufacturing Engineering Centre
Specialising in Rapid Prototyping and Precision Engineering, the Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC) within Cardiff University's School of Engineering provides a range of professional services to industry. The work of the MEC is underpinned by world-class research and development in all major areas of Advanced Manufacturing and uses this research to promote the introduction of new manufacturing technologies and practices to industry.
The MEC has a long history of industrial collaboration within Wales and the UK in a wide range of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, medical and architectural engineering, as well as being involved in research and development and new product development. The MEC has also received a number of awards for innovation and engagement, including the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry's First Prize and the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The MEC has also been involved in a number of world firsts, including a Guinness world record for the smallest electrode, with a 0.006mm diameter.
Research and development at the MEC centres on the following technologies:
This Rapid Prototyping technology allows the manufacture of visual and functional prototypes in material which mimic ABS, polypropelene and polycarbonate. These prototypes can be produced in 2-3 days from supply of original data.
Selective Laser Sintering
This technology produces functional robust prototypes which mimic nylon. These components can be used as prototypes and as functional parts. The components can be produced within 3-4 days from supply of data.
Precision Engineering is a specialism of the MEC. The Precision Machining technology at the MEC ranges from 3 and 5 axis computer numerical control (CNC) to state of the art micromachining.