Peter Walters, 3D Printing Engineer in Engineering Science

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What inspired you to join the University?

I joined because I was excited by the opportunity to apply for the position of 3D printing engineer, helping to set up and run a new 3D printing laboratory within the Department of Engineering Science. It’s always good to be involved at the start of something new.   
What was your journey to the position you now hold?
I have worked in various roles in engineering and industrial design, including roles as engineering draughtsman, industrial designer and researcher. I have BA and MA Degrees in Industrial Design and a PhD in prototyping. For 12 years I worked as a Research Fellow at the University of the West of England, in Bristol. I was part of a team researching 3D printing for a range of applications, from engineering to fine art. I taught on a new MA course in Design that accepted students from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. I also helped to run summer schools and training courses in digital design and 3D printing.
What are the elements of your job that you enjoy the most?
I have been in this new role for a little over 6 months and I must say, so far it has felt like a dream job. I support students and staff in their practical project work, helping them to use 3D printing to make prototype models and test pieces for their research. This normally involves meeting with them to discuss their needs, understanding what the key requirements might be, in terms of material properties, size, surface finish, and any other factors, such as whether an item is going to be worn next to the human body, in the case of a medical device.  
What advice would you give someone thinking about applying to work at the University?
Go for it. I found the application process went smoothly, and I was welcomed into the department by a friendly and supportive team of colleagues.