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.
    • Exploitation: 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).
    • Result: 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.
    • Exploitation: 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.
    • 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.
    • Contact: If you are interested in more information or collaborative opportunities contact KWSP on info@kwspecialprojects.com

  5. DriverLean: Four-wheel tilting suspension technology

    DriverLean is a novel suspension system that facilitates four-wheel tilting vehicles with in-hub electric motors, for integration within single occupancy vehicles for high-performance and urban mobility applications.

    • Funding: This project has received funding from Innovate UK through the Niche Vehicle Network’s Proof-of-Concept competition.
    • Partners: The programme is being delivered by KWSP and Wesley Motorsport Design ltd (WMD).
    • Purpose: The design of the tilting suspension allows for improved performance in a number of areas including grip, rolling resistance, aerodynamic efficiency, load handling, cabin space, emissions and user experience. This makes the technology applicable to both the urban mobility and high-performance vehicle markets.
    • Contact: If you are interested in more information or collaborative opportunities contact KWSP on info@kwspecialprojects.com