R&D

We are passionate about technology and cutting-edge innovation and invest heavily in Research & Development.

Our Research & Development programmes

  1. ToPCaT: Thermoplastic carbon fibre chassis platform

    ToPCaT is an innovative manufacturing process that provides a carbon composite vehicle chassis that is comparable to best-in-class traditional composite monocoques for a fraction of the cost. For more information, visit: http://www.kwmotorsport.com/topcat.html 

    • Funding: The programme has been supported by both Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and Innovate UK.
    • Purpose: ToPCaT addresses the need for reduced vehicle mass and increased modularity of manufacture driven by a rapid rise in adoption of New Energy Vehicles (NEVs).
    • Outcome: KWSP has now delivered a proof-of-concept chassis and is actively engaging early adopters and collaborative partners for the next stage of technology exploitation.
    • Contact: If you are interested in more information or collaborative opportunities contact KWSP on info@kwspecialprojects.com

  2. Ultramat: Power ultrasound as a generic tool for micro/nanoscale processing of materials

    Ultramat is a novel technology for materials processing of fluid and semi fluid phases that are widespread in manufacturing. The enabling tool is power ultrasound with purpose shaped force fields for controlled movement and size creation of uniform nano structures to enable: (1) Production of homogeneously distributed and shaped nanoscale particulates, fibres or grains). (2) Enhancement of interlayer and filler-matrix adhesion bonds. For more information, visit the website @ www.ultramat.co.uk

    • Funding: The programme has been supported by Innovate UK as part of a 3-year collaborative programme.
    • Partners: KWSP is one of 8 partners from across both industry and academia that form the programme’s consortium.
    • Purpose: The key purpose of UltraMAT is to enable production of manufactured components with step improvements in specific strength (yield/ fatigue/ impact) and modulus, fatigue life and thus lightweighting; driven by economic and environmental needs to reduce energy consumption and emissions in manufacture and transport.
    • Contact: If you are interested in more information or collaborative opportunities contact KWSP on info@kwspecialprojects.com

  3. B.MY.JET: Digitally controlled braille printing

    B.my.jet is a revolutionary but affordable desktop-sized multifunctional device (printer, scanner & photocopier) to be used at home. The technological base of the system is a patented ink depositing method that allows for accurate placement of viscous ink on to a normal sheet of paper that is fixed onto the surface to produce a tactile print. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.bmyjet.eu/

    • Funding: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 685347.
    • Partners: KWSP is one of 3 partners from across Europe that form the programme’s consortium.
    • Purpose: The key purpose of B.MY.JET programme is to develop a desktop Braille printer that utilises digital deposition printing techniques. By significantly reducing the unit cost of Braille printing and developing a desktop platform that will be available within homes, B.MY.JET aims to provide an affordable printing solution to support visually impaired people around the world.
    • Outcome: The consortium delivered a fully functional prototype which produced a range of tactile text and images proving the viability of the technology.
    • Contact: If you are interested in more information or collaborative opportunities contact KWSP on info@kwspecialprojects.com

  4. ePorthos: On-demand additive manufacturing (3D-printing) of foot orthoses

    The ePorthos programme is developing an additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) platform that enables on-demand manufacture of foot orthoses. By combining a nascent deposition technology with data capture, design and computer aided manufacture (CAM) tools, the system will significantly reduce unit cost and enable “while you wait” supply.

    • Funding: This project has received funding from Innovate UK.
    • Partners: KWSP is one of 3 UK partners from across academia and industry.
    • Purpose: The key purpose of ePorthos is to develop a solution that allows for on-demand and cost effective manufacture of bespoke insoles.
    • Outcome: Developed an on demand Foot orthotic production process relevant to industry demands.
    • Contact: If you are interested in more information or collaborative opportunities contact KWSP on info@kwspecialprojects.com

  5. Spraycoat: Digitally printed water-based electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

    The Spraycoat programme is developing a deposition technology, with its potential to revolutionise electrode manufacture, producing highly accurate cells with a consistent performance meets current and future market requirements.

    • Funding: This project has received funding from Innovate UK.
    • Partners: WMG (Warwick University)
    • Purpose: In this project, an emphasis was placed on development of a digital process of deposition water-based electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, reducing environmental impact and demonstrating broad processing capabilities. Spraycoat developed efficient deposition technology, with a potential to revolutionise electrode manufacture
    • Contact: If you are interested in more information or collaborative opportunities contact KWSP on info@kwspecialprojects.com

  6. CerAMake: Additive manufacturing (3D printing) system which can produce high-density ceramic parts

    The CerAMake project is developing an additive manufacturing (3D printing) system which can produce high-density ceramic parts at mid to high production volumes. The project uses drop on demand inkjet technology in a binder jet platform to create a novel machine architecture capable of meeting the demands of industry.

    • Funding: This project has received funding from Innovate UK.
    • Partners: KWSP is one of 7 UK partners  from across the UK that form the programme’s consortium. The other partners are as follows: CAT International Ltd, Emma Bridgewater, The MTC, Xaar plc, Precision Ceramics and Lucideon Ltd.
    • Purpose: The key purpose of CerAMake is to develop a machine that can produce dense ceramic parts at volume.
    • Contact: If you are interested in more information or collaborative opportunities contact KWSP on info@kwspecialprojects.com