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Dr. Filomeno Martina, WAAM3D CEO, wins global FAME AM award

The International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award recognises significant contributions to the AM community 

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Dr. Filomeno Martina, CEO, and co-founder of WAAM3D, has been awarded the prestigious International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (FAME Jr) at this year’s Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium.

The award is given, annually, in recognition of an outstanding young researcher who, in the field of freeform/additive fabrication, has demonstrated significant research accomplishments, the potential for a successful career, and service to the freeform community, early on in their career.

Filomeno co-founded WAAM3D in July 2018, with a research team from Cranfield University, where he was a senior lecturer and researcher. The company is now a leader in large-scale additive manufacturing. It is based on Cranfield University’s pioneering research carried out since 2006, working with organizations including Airbus, GE, Lockheed Martin, and BAE Systems.

Wire arc additive manufacturing from WAAM3D

His achievements whilst in academia, which led to the award, include coordinating a €1 million EU Erasmus project to set up the first ever MSc in Metal AM in the world, at Cranfield University. Moreover, he has contributed to the writing and coordination of several successful multi-million-pound bids and projects. During his PhD and post-doc work, he achieved better than wrought properties with alloys of titanium, nickel and iron, with a now patented combination of AM and in-process cold work of the deposit. Filomeno was also a key member of the team who made the world’s largest single titanium part by AM – a Eurofighter Typhoon primary frame structure of 2.5m x 1.5m.

The CEO of WAAM3D is a regular speaker on WAAM at conferences, globally, and has over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, some of which have been cited over 1,400 times. He has also helped draft ASTM and BSI standards on DED and WAAM.

“I’ve devoted my research and professional life to AM, to help mature this technology and see it applied extensively. It’s an honour to be recognised by the judges, especially as a member of the growing WAAM community. I would like to thank all my Cranfield and WAAM3D colleagues, and my family and friends, without whom none of this would have been possible,” commented Dr. Filomeno Martina, upon receiving the award, in July.

The FAME Award is sponsored by the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium under the aegis of the Advanced Manufacturing Centre of the University of Texas at Austin.

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