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The vision of the Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (HW-IMRC) at Heriot-Watt University is to be a leading international provider of advanced manufacture-related research, focused on science-based engineering and technology that underpin the development of novel high value-added manufacturing technologies, processes and products, addressing the requirements of European, UK and regional industries. It is intrinsically interdisciplinary, drawing on the broad expanse of research at Heriot-Watt University, collectively aiming to deliver innovative solutions for highly customised and high IP content products that enable European and UK Manufacturers to compete in an environment of increased global competition, environmental concern, sustainability and regulation, where access to knowledge, skills and IP determine where manufacturing is located. The three main thematic strands of the HW-IMRC research portfolio are concentrated in the following areas:

  • Digital Tools (DT)
  • Microsystems for Manufacture (MM)
  • Photonics-based Manufacturing (PM)
The Heriot-Watt Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre is embedded within the broader pan-university James Watt Institute for High Value Manufacturing - sharing its vision, values and objectives.

Our mission is to deliver high impact research in innovative manufacturing technologies based on the multidisciplinary technology resources across Heriot-Watt University as well as the Edinburgh Research Partnership (within the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering), the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, our industrial partners and beyond.
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