School of Engineering

Engineering Research and Innovation for Industrial Applications


The core activity of this research group is represented by the Regional Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing (RCMI). The RCMI provides engineering training to entrepreneurs, small-to-medium-sized enterprises and larger companies as well as access to engineering and IT facilities at the University of Portsmouth's School of Engineering and on other sites.

South East Knowledge Exchange

RCMI works in partnership with the Centre for Rapid Design & Manufacture (CRDM) at Buckingham University College, and with the University of Brighton to provide services for rapid production and development. HEFCE has provided funding for CAD and CAM, rapid prototyping and tooling which are available on a commercial basis to clients seeking to increase product realisation performance.


  • Product Development and Rapid Prototyping
  • Precision Measurement and Quality Systems
  • CAD/CAM and Electronics Fabrication
  • Computer Modelling and Logistics
  • Automation and Mechatronics
  • Materials Testing
  • Engineering and Business Analysis
  • Reverse Engineering

Rapid prototyping and modelling processes

  • Stereolithography (SLA Resin)
  • Thermoject (Wax)
  • Laminated Object Manufacture (Paper)
  • Zcorp (Starch-based Concept Modeller)
  • ABS Fused Deposition Modelling