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

    6009 Perth


  • 2714 Citations
  • 28 h-Index

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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


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

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Research Output

30-Second Engineering: 50 key principles, methods, and fields explained in half a minute

Trevelyan, J. & Sercombe, T., 1 Oct 2019, London: Ivy Press. 160 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

  • On the study of tailorable interface structure in a diamond/Al12Si composite processed by selective laser melting

    Ma, Y., Ji, G., Li, X. P., Chen, C. Y., Tan, Z. Q., Addad, A., Li, Z. Q., Sercombe, T. B. & Kruth, J. P., 1 Mar 2019, In : Materialia. 5, 100242.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Selective laser melting of Ti–35Nb composite from elemental powder mixture: Microstructure, mechanical behavior and corrosion behavior

    Wang, J. C., Liu, Y. J., Qin, P., Liang, S. X., Sercombe, T. B. & Zhang, L. C., 8 Jul 2019, In : Materials Science and Engineering A. 760, p. 214-224 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 14 Citations (Scopus)

    Additive manufacturing of cp-Ti, Ti-6Al-4V and Ti2448

    Sercombe, T. B., Zhang, L-C., Li, S. & Hao, Y., 2018, TITANIUM IN MEDICAL AND DENTAL APPLICATIONS. Froes, FH. & Qian, M. (eds.). WOODHEAD PUBL LTD, p. 303-324 22 p. (Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

    Characterisation of hyaluronic acid methylcellulose hydrogels for 3D bioprinting

    Law, N., Doney, B., Glover, H., Qin, Y., Aman, Z. M., Sercombe, T. B., Liew, L. J., Dilley, R. J. & Doyle, B. J., 1 Jan 2018, In : Journal of The Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. 77, p. 389-399 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 33 Citations (Scopus)