David Lacy

I am a postgraduate student on the MSc Industrial Digitalisation course at Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2017, I completed an undergraduate MEng in Civil Engineering, and my career path is aimed towards construction, but I have seen the use of additive manufacturing develop within specialised sectors of the construction industry, and
believe that Construction and Infrastructure can benefit hugely with the application of additive manufacturing.

Following my degree, I worked for a small engineering consultancy specialising in sustainability. With them, I worked on several projects, including partnering with Virgin Trains and trialling Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries as mass energy storage to complement their renewable energy production. I also worked on a project to redesign the external cladding on a building on New Wakefield Street in Manchester, next to Oxford Road Station, and the result of that work is visible to everyone walking up Oxford Road.

I have been using digital design tools and CAD programmes to develop my own designs from my early teenage years. My proficiency in CAD developed through my undergraduate degree, primarily using AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Fusion 360 and Revit to shape the built environment.

In my 3rd year I read an ARUP article about the construction of a pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam using additive manufacturing, freeing engineers from the limitations of traditional construction, and allowing much greater efficiency in the design of the bridge. Advancing manufacturing processes like these has huge unrealised potential and brings immense benefits to industries capable of adapting such techniques. I want to be on the cutting edge of these innovations and feel the Industrial Digitalisation course will help me reach that position.

David Lacy - PrintCity - Manchester Metropolitan University

Get in touch

If you're interested in working with us, or have questions about studying with us please get in contact.

 Telephone: 0161 247 6464

 Email: printcity@mmu.ac.uk

 Twitter: PrintCityMMU

    Data Protection

    The Manchester Metropolitan University (‘the University’) is the Data Controller for the personal data you disclose via this form. We will use your personal data in order to manage your enquiry. If you have consented to receive our marketing communications we will also use your personal data to send you targeted information about PrintCity and benefits which we think will be of interest. You can withdraw your consent to receiving any, or all, of the above communications at any point by emailing manmetuni@mmu.ac.uk. For further information about us, how we process your personal data and your rights, please view our privacy notice.

    Other Alumni Profiles

    Brett Turner

    Made Smarter Graduate Programme Innovation and collaboration are two words which have significance to me. Market needs and requirements are completely changing due to the new digital trends and are …

    Segun Akin-Olugbade

    Segun Akin-Olugbade is just about as passionate as it gets, especially when he starts going on about cars! He loves his cars, and favours power, refinement and a nice stereo …

    Nathan Woodward

    My interest in design and engineering started in my childhood, where I spent my days playing with Lego. This has led me down the path to where I am today. …

    Connor McAleer

    Business Advisor, Made Smarter Before studying MSc Industrial Digitalisation, I had a BA degree in Business Management with overseas study in Sevilla; I achieved a first overall and was awarded …

    Tom Brine

    Currently studying MSc Industrial Digitalisation at MMU I am a mature student, having first graduated in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from The University of Manchester.  I spent …

    Aaron Hayden-Cooper

    I’ve always had a fascination with technology and a love for creation; this led me down the long road of engineering, ending in a BEng Mechanical Engineering degree at Brunel. …

    Kieron Khan

    A previous student of Manchester Metropolitan University, Kieron achieved a BSc in Design Engineering. This allowed him to start designing parts for personal projects, Computer aided design was an area …

    Hammad Zaheer

    I’m a Degree holder in BSc Design Engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University and am currently studying MSc Industrial Digitalisation. Throughout my time at university I have managed to gain a …

    Chelsea Hicks

    MSc Industrial Digitalisation has been a motivating and challenging experience that has pushed me far outside my previous sphere of practice while learning alongside people with diverse specialisms. It really …

    Jack Cockle

    I’m an MSc Industrial Digitalisation Student at Manchester Metropolitan University, having graduated with a first class degree in BA (Hons) Sustainable Product Design from Falmouth University with particular interest in …