Ian Hutchings has been Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Cambridge since 2001. Previously he spent 25 years in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge, where his research focused on the tribological behaviour of materials, high strain-rate phenomena and surface engineering.
In 2005 he established the Inkjet Research Centre within the Institute for Manufacturing, and has led two major UK government-funded projects on the science and technology underlying inkjet printing. The current project involves collaboration with colleagues in Cambridge in the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and at the Universities of Durham and Leeds. There is strong involvement with industry, with eight companies currently members of the project consortium, and the research team is interdisciplinary, with expertise in several areas of engineering, chemical engineering, mathematics, physics and chemistry.
As inkjet technology becomes more mature, his research group is increasingly focusing on potential applications of inkjet technology, in fields ranging from high-volume commercial printing to the production of sensors and other functional devices, and as an enabling technology for additive manufacturing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is the author of more than 350 scientific publications. In 2013 he co-edited a book entitled ‘Inkjet Technology for Digital Fabrication’ (I. M. Hutchings and G. D. Martin, eds.)