help with the strategic planning of projects and partnerships
provide industry-ready knowledge from specialisms across the UEA
offer reliable collaboration across UEA and Norwich Research Park.
Our technology is used to generate 3D physical models, using 3D printing, to use in applications such as surgical planning.
3D printing is increasingly popular. Recently, various machines that support a range of materials have become available. At the School of Computing Sciences we have created ways to accurately convert data sets into suitable formats for state of the art 3D printers.
For example, our techniques have been used to convert computed tomography (CT) datasets of patient data into 3D physical models for a scapula, the tracheobronchial tree and complex aortic aneurysms. In the latter, 3D models have been used to facilitate decision making and device selection for endovascular aneurysm repair in complex neck anatomy.
The technology has also been used to create 3D replicas of delicate cultural heritage artefacts. We have shown how intricate Cantonese chess pieces can be digitized using microtomography (micro-CT) and then replicated with moving parts. The 3D digital models can also be utilised for viewing in 3D virtual form using more standard computer graphics techniques.
Norwich Business School
Improving consumer decisions and outcomes through regulatory decisions
ESRC-funded research led by Catherine Waddams at NBS and the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) has identified whether consumers are likely to switch supplier, whether they are likely to get a good deal, and how companies are likely to respond to specific regulatory intervention.
An appropriate regulatory framework leads to better decisions by consumers, helping markets to work better, and resulting in lower prices and bills. This is particularly critical in the energy and water sectors, which are of crucial importance to each of the 25 million households in the UK.
The research findings challenge regulators to make better decisions and have been quoted by both Ofgem and Ofwat, the regulatory bodies for energy and water. The research has influenced policy debate and stimulated competition to deliver lower prices for consumers, affecting all UK households.
Additive manufacturing of printed electronics
Additive manufacturing (AM) is a rapidly growing field due to the reduced waste and emissions, lower cost and complexity of the processes.
At UEA, we have extensive experience and facilities in AM techniques such as 3D printing, inkjet printing, and in cutting-edge high-resolution electrostatic inkjet printing, with a number of active projects with UK manufacturing industry.
In collaboration with industry, the high-resolution inkjet printing technology is being developed for the fabrication of multi-layered flexible electronic devices, including automotive aerials and sensors, printed OLEDs, organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) and touch screen devices.