The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing is a world-class centre for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. The AMRC, based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, already enjoys a fantastic global reputation. It is a £100m collaboration among more than 40 partner organisations, comprising world leaders in the aerospace supply chain, key government offices and international academic institutions. It specialises in identifying, researching and solving advanced manufacturing problems with research carried out on new and exotic materials such as titanium, inconel and composites.
The AMRC composite engineering department are bringing their expertise to the Sheffield Icon project and producing a 2 metre version of the Man of Steel sculpture using 3D modelling and CNC milling techniques. The finished version will form the centrepiece of an exhibition that will tour schools and the community in the region, promoting STEM education, the new technologies pioneered by the AMRC, and showcasing the new industries that have led to a renaissance in the region.
The Man of Steel STEM educational legacy is a part of a long term project being developed by the Sheffield Icon team aimed at focusing on these recent developments and encouraging a new generation to study engineering and science in the future. Man of Steel will sit at the centre of this area of new development, and preside over a future borne out of an industry more than two centuries in the making.