Engineering the future
Ultima Forma is a UK based company that has developed a novel manufacturing process that can create complex 3D multi-material components with locally-tailored nano-engineered properties. We can produce components with shapes and material properties that are not currently possible.
Recent advances in nanotechnology and the understanding of materials strength have led to a paradigm shift in understanding – nano-scale microstructures produce significantly stronger materials, even using pure metals.
Our technology is based on electro-forming approaches that can create unique materials with finely controlled strength, stiffness and other properties. A series of different materials systems have been identified and tested to define the range of potential material properties that can be obtained. These include systems that retain their strength to high temperatures because of their microstructural design.
Complex net-shape components that integrate intricate shape, structural strength, and functionality requirements in a single component - removing the need for machining or assembly of separate parts.
Lighter, stronger, more heat resistant components manufactured using a simple, scalable, low cost, energy efficient process.
Local variation in material properties providing tuneable strength, ductility and stiffness.
Greater design freedom, providing engineering solutions that are not currently possible, including more efficient use of space and easier assembly.
Ultima Forma expect to commercialise our technology across a broad range of markets including aerospace & defence, automotive, consumer and industrial electronics, and industrial products.
The technology is typically relevant to high value, high performance applications such as:
- Thermal management systems
- High value light-weight structural components
- Flexible bellows and connectors
- Hermetically sealed component packaging
Our design approach
Ultima’s Forma’s technology means you won’t be constrained by design compromises of the past. We will work with your designers and engineers to understand your applications and produce new components and have access to custom modelling and simulation codes to support both material and component design.
We will develop a customised process to create your parts – with tooling and production process designed to create your designed component form and material properties.
We can produce prototype components for testing using facilities at Ultima Forma. We also have access to state of the art testing and characterisation techniques at Queen Mary, University of London.
Our simple process is low cost, energy-efficient, scalable and highly controllable. Tooling set up costs are modest and batch size does not impact cost significantly.
Ultima Forma is a spin out formed as a joint venture between Queen Mary, University of London and Morganic Metal Solutions Ltd.
Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. It are a member of the Russell Group and was placed within the world’s top 100 universities in the recent QS ratings. The Materials Research Institute at QMUL is a centre of excellence where the broad interdisciplinary approach that brings together chemists, physicists and engineers to cover the whole ‘Chain-of-Knowledge’ ranging from synthesis, processing, characterisation and modelling, to device design.
Andy Bushby is Professor of Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London. His expertise is in the micro-mechanical properties of materials. Prof Bushby’s research has led to greater understanding of how to make high strength, light-weight metallic structures.
Ross is a leading expert in the field of electroforming and is committed to an ongoing search for new and varied applications for this fascinating process. He has over 60 years’ experience having begun his working career in his father’s plating company.
David has over 40 years’ industry experience, particularly in precious metal electro - deposition. His enormous range of skills and personal energy ensures the quality of work is consistently of the highest possible standard.
Darryl is a qualified accountant (ACCA) and has been running his own accountancy practice for more than 15 years now but has also been involved in running an electroforming company for the past 10 years, supporting the development of new approaches and processes within the business. Darryl quite simply could not pass up the opportunity to be part of the Ultima Forma team, seeking to take the new processes forward commercially.
Colin has over 10 years’ experience in early-stage technology development and commercialisation. He has previously worked at The Technology Partnership and Arthur D Little, where his responsibilities included hands-on technology and product development, growth strategy development, project management and business development.
Adam has over 15 years' experience of technology commercialisation. Following a PhD from Liverpool University, he moved to QinetiQ, Weston Medical, and then NHS Innovations London. At Queen Mary Innovation, Adam has established nine spin-out companies and executed in excess of 40 technology licences.
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