Cooksongold Team Up With Birmingham City University To Offer Course On Ground-Breaking Metal Manufacturing Technology

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Cooksongold has partnered with Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery to train graduates and professionals on the design parameters and operation of Direct Metal 3D printing technology. A new Masters course will be showcased at BCU’s postgraduate open day on April 22nd, 2015.

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The partnership with Birmingham City University is one of the most important aspects for the adoption of this ground-breaking technology.

The world of jewellery making is set to be transformed as Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery acquires Cooksongold’s M 080 Direct Metal 3D printing technology to utilise in its new Master’s degree.

The course on Innovative Metal Manufacturing Technologies for Industry has been developed in response to increasing industry demands. It will be the first of its kind offered by an education institution, as part of a unique partnership with Cooksongold.

Students will be taught the design parameters and operation requirements of pioneering Direct Metal 3D printing technology from Cooksongold. Engineered to make costly and complex precious metal designs a reality, the M 080, has the ability to revolutionise how the high value added industry operates. Utilising the power of 3D CAD design, and a direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) process – it builds precious metal designs layer by layer, melting fine metal powder with a laser.

David Fletcher, European Product Manager from Cooksongold said:

“The partnership with Birmingham City University is one of the most important aspects for the adoption of this ground-breaking technology.

“Students will learn the design parameters and operation for direct precious metal 3D printing and in doing so will have a new tool to use alongside existing manufacturing processes and gold and silversmithing techniques. This is a new tool that really does start to make the impossible, possible.”

The Innovative Metal Manufacturing course has been created for graduates of a design related degree, and professionals in careers such as engineering, material science, product design/development and 3D CAD design.

Gay Penfold, Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre Manager and MA Course Director said:
“We have been researching and exploring the potential that direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) offers the metal manufacturing industries for several years, and are excited by the prospect of involving our students in the understanding and exploration of this technology. We believe this will assist them in going into industry with a skill set not available elsewhere. The new M 080 is an integral addition to the School’s current technology offer, and ensures that students across all courses have the opportunity to understand this advanced 3D printing technology.”

The UK jewellery and watchmaking industry has seen consistent growth since 2009, and the sector is currently valued at £5 billion. Birmingham has been specifically publicised as a hub for students looking to up-skill in the industry.

The M 080 was recently showcased to those in the industry at Baselworld in March, 2015. Discover more about Cooksongold’s e-manufacturing solutions, visit: http://www.cooksongold-emanufacturing.com/

There will be an opportunity to discuss the MA in Innovative Metal Manufacturing Technologies for Industry with staff at the postgraduate open day, at the School of Jewellery on April 22nd, 2015 from 2pm to 7pm. To find out more about Birmingham City University’s postgraduate open day, visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/open-days

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For more information on this story, contact:

European Product Manager David Fletcher on:
Telephone: +44 (0)121 233 8192
Email: lasersintering (at) cooksongold.com

Birmingham City University Press Office on:
Telephone: +44 (0)121 331 6738
Email: press (at) bcu.ac.uk

About Cooksongold
Cooksongold is the UK’s biggest jewellery making supplier and supplies precious metal for investment and for jewellery projects. Customers can buy gold, silver, palladium and platinum in forms like bars, sheet, grain and tube. Cooksongold’s website features the latest precious metal prices. The company is now part of the Heimerle + Meule Group.

About Heimerle + Meule
Heimerle + Meule has been operating as a silver and gold refinery since 1845. It sells precious metal products to the dental and jewellery industries, as well as for investment. The firm’s head office is in Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery has been located in the Jewellery Quarter since 1890. It’s the largest educational institute in Europe to offer training in jewellery and related subjects.

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