Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing and Design
We address the global challenges of energy efficiency, low emissions and sustainability in manufactured products through increasing innovation and productivity within the knowledge-intensive, advanced manufacturing sector.
The Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing and Design (CAMMD) undertakes fundamental, applied and translational research on materials, manufacturing processes, performance and design. It unites complimentary expertise and capabilities, located within a unique physical facility on the Newmarket Campus that connects the pathway from materials development through manufacturing and products.
The centre has world class capabilities in additive manufacturing, polymer and composite processing and advanced design, modelling and testing. CAMMD will also bring together capabilities from three existing successful centres (CACM, PCOE and CDAM) to create multi-material/hybrid solutions (polymers, metals, ceramics and biomaterials)
The focus of this centre is directly aligned with MBIE’s 2022-2024 investment plan on creating new knowledge pathways to support the transition to a low emissions and climate resilient economy, as well as supporting new or existing industries to be knowledge intensive. It also addresses many of the challenges identified in MBIE’s Industry Transformation Plan for the Advanced Manufacturing Sector.
At the Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing and Design, we apply transdisciplinary approaches in our research. A diversity of STEM and other disciplines are engaged in our research, including Engineering (Mechanical, Mechatronics, Engineering Science, Chemical and Materials, Civil and Environmental, Electrical), Science (Polymer Chemistry), Design and Business.
Our centre addresses two research themes:
- Energy Efficient Design and Manufacturing
Based on advances in materials, manufacturing technologies, and numerical and optimization methods we will create new opportunities to generate multi-functional structures, and higher efficiency long service structures/products, e.g. lightweight composites that empower renewable energy generation, and fuel efficient vehicles for water, road, air and space. Other current examples include highly volumetrically/mass efficient heat exchangers, and new solutions for mould tools
- Sustainable Materials to Products
We need to increase resource efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. The centre will focus on innovative solutions to create value from waste or renewable sources, particularly around polymers and polymer composites. For example, drawing from wider expertise in chemistry and engineering we will create new materials from recycled polymers, biopolymers and manufacturing technology to manipulate their properties development of sustainable products.
CAMMD’s core expertise and capabilities cover fundamental as well as highly applied research strengths across a variety of disciplines. This enables other collaboration opportunities where the collective strength of the centre is leveraged. For example, in Power Electronics, Civil Structures, Architecture and Medical Devices.
How can you work with us?
The Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing and Design also works to generate impact in the advanced manufacturing sector by building authentic and long-lasting research partnerships between our staff and companies, and with cross-sector groups.
The CAMMD team are deeply engaged with the key New Zealand Industry associations, notably Plastics New Zealand and the Composites Association of New Zealand, contributing to national conferences, while also participating in association research projects.
We have attracted projects from international companies such as Disney and BMW, as well as recent projects from Rocket Lab, SailGP Technologies, Replas, Weta Workshop, Elite Polymers and a variety of New Zealand companies in the advanced manufacturing sector. Our centre is also globally networked, having established collaborative relationships with a significant number of internationally renowned universities and institutes.
If you are interested in working with us, please contact our centre’s Directors.
Our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
CAMMD embraces kaitiakitanga as an underlying principle and aims at reducing waste, either by innovative materials or by products reducing energy waste. This provides a strong foundation for sustainable Māori communities and community growth, a commitment to a higher quality of living and whānau health, and importantly, the maintenance of mauri and mana.
Partnerships will include Māori-owned businesses, offering opportunities for including indigenous perspectives. We also will actively grow Māori educational and employment capability by offering PhD and summer research scholarships, placing students within industry supported by a kaiārahi, actively engage in school outreach and education activities and include Māori representatives on our industry advisory board.