Precision Engineering Institute
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Cranfield University is world recognised for its excellence in Precision Engineering research, postgraduate training and industrially short course provision.
The Institute is lead by Professor Paul Shore. Its staff members include high level academic researchers and successful industrial experienced engineers who specialise in:
- Precision and Ultra Precision Machine Tool Design and Development
- High Performance and Ultra Precision Machining
Having a strong emphasis on “practicing what we preach” we differentiate our activity by engagement in “large scale” science programmes where we act as world class engineering providers for complex machine systems and components. Such highly demanding projects provide a mechanism and stimulus for unique research, training and learning opportunities.
The Cranfield Precision Institute is a NASA approved supplier for space telescope mirrors including many of those being employed within the James Webb Space Telescope (the Hubble replacement). We also fabricate systems and components for the UK’s National Physical Laboratory, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the European Southern Observatory.
Our significant industrial supported research includes significant contracts with aerospace, space, medical and optoelectronics orientated companies.
We operate ~ 1000sq metres of temperature controlled precision engineering laboratory spaces at the Cranfield campus and the OpTIC Technium. These laboratories housed our research machines which are World Class, many of which are unique and “self-produced”.
If you aspire to become one of the next generation of ultra precision engineers you need look no further than Cranfield University. There is a growing requirement for individuals having necessary skills to design, develop and apply ultra precision technologies. Employment opportunities are found in the Space, Aerospace, Optoelectronics, Energy, Defence and Manufacturing industries.
Alternatively, a Precision Engineering degree from Cranfield is recognised across the world, it will provide a solid foundation for an academic or science programme based research career.
Since the establishment of the Cranfield Unit for Precision Engineering (CUPE) we have a firm commitment to World Class Precision Engineering expertise.
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