School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham B5 5JU, UK
Frank Cooper is a lifelong jewellery industry professional and an Associate Head of the Birmingham School of Jewellery where he is a Senior Lecturer in Jewellery Manufacturing Technologies, and Manager of the Centre for Digital Design and Manufacturing. He sits on the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council and is a globally recognised expert in the application of various additive manufacturing and prototyping/3D printing technologies used in the jewellery industry. He is an active participant in a number of jewellery industry related research initiatives and has written and presented many technical papers and articles published and presented around the world, in the UK and Europe, as well as at the prestigious Santa Fe Symposium in the USA. His research papers and presentations currently specialise in the areas of precious metal additive manufacturing, CAD and prototyping/3D printing for the jewellery and silversmithing industries. He is the chair of a committee reporting back to the UK government via Innovate UK about industries’ needs for the upskilling of technological skills, education and training in the additive manufacturing and 3D printing sphere.