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Prof. Ian Hutchings FREng


Ian Hutchings

Professor of Manufacturing Engineering (GKN( (2000)

Academic Division: Manufacturing and Management

Research group: Production Processes (Head of Group)

Telephone: +44 1223 7 65217


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Research interests

Professor Hutchings' research Interests include:

  • formation and behaviour of liquid drops
  • scientific aspects and applications of inkjet printing
  • inkjet-based additive manufacturing processes
  • surface engineering and related manufacturing processes

Ian is also co-founder and co-director of the highly successful annual Cambridge Tribology Course.

Strategic themes

Manufacturing, design and materials

Nearly all his research involves extensive industrial collaboration.

Research projects

  • I4T (Innovation in industrial inkjet technology)5-year EPSRC Programme Grant in collaboration with the Universities of Durham and Leeds and supported by companies in the inkjet industry.
  • Bit-by-Bit - 3-year EPSRC project investigating the impact of the digital fabrication revolution.
  • Biognostix – 3-year EC FP7 project.
  • Diginova – 2-year EC FP7 project.
  • KACST-Cambridge Research Centre - 3-year project.

Teaching activity

Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET)

Other positions

  • Chairman of St John's Innovation Centre Ltd
  • Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge
  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering


Professor Ian Hutchings has been GKN Professor of Manufacturing Engineering since 2001.  Before that, he was Reader in Tribology in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

In 2005 he founded the Inkjet Research Centre in the Institute for Manufacturing in which he and colleagues investigate the science and technology which underpins this important industrial technology.

He is author of a widely-used textbook, 'Tribology: Friction and Wear of Engineering Materials' published in 1992 and numerous journal and conference papers. He was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Wear from 1998 to 2012.   In 1994, he was awarded the Tribology Trust Silver Medal;  in 2000 the Donald Julius Groen Prize by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the NPL Award for Materials Metrology from the Institute of Materials; and in 2007 the Staudinger-Durrer Prize by ETH Zurich.