Tim Sercombe

Professor, BE PhD GradCertEd Qld

  • The University of Western Australia (M050), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I have been working in additive manufacturing since 1996 and have seen a large change in the industry. After graduating with a PhD in Materials Engineering from The University of Queensland in 1998 I then spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at The University of Birmingham, UK, working under Prof Michael Loretto. During this time, I developed a number of new materials that were able to be processed using Selective Laser Sintering and then post sintered to high density. I then returned to The University of Queensland in 2001 to take up a research position, where I was responsible for creating a totally new manufacturing method for aluminium components that used additive manufacturing technologies. This work was published in Science . In 2006, I moved to the University of Western Australia in 2006. Since then, I have been working on developing new materials for Selective Laser Melting. I currently have projects covering a number of different aspects of 3D Printing. Go to the Research page to see what we are up to.

Funding overview

2005-2013 ARC Discovery Project Grant
2010-2011 UWA Research Collaboration Award

Current projects

Tim is currently involved with the trans disciplinary collaboration BioZone

Teaching overview

GENG4408 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
ENSC3002 Manufacturing & Materials
ENSC1002 Atoms to Bridges


-Design of highly efficient structures
-Low modulus titanium for orthopedic applications
-Aluminium & aluminium matrix composites
-Metallic glasses
-Antibacterial material
-3D bio printing

For more information see 3D printing

Research expertise keywords

  • Additive manufacturing/selective laser melting
  • Processing of titanium and aluminium powder
  • Customised implants
  • Mechanical testing of materials


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