Bringing researchers together
To tackle the challenges of coating process digitalisation
Funded 5 feasibility projects
Out of 17 high quality applications and we plan further calls for funding
Winning feasibility projects 2020
Robert Gordon University, Queen’s University Belfast, Loughborough University, University of Manchester and University of Nottingham
Network Launch Event was held on 4 March 2020
Attended by Universities, Industries, Funding agencies, Professional bodies and over 70 delegates
Contributing to Covid-19 related research
A publication followed by a research grant from RAEng towards Covid-19 solutions
UK-wide coverage and already engaging with world-leading research labs across 3 continents
The Network promotes equality, diversity and inclusiveness
All partner universities are Athena SWAN recognised

The DSM NetworkPlus is a £1million investment by the EPSRC to bring together the diverse expertise and capabilities in UK academia to enhance digitalisation in surface manufacturing and to move the sector forward to meet the Industry 4.0 challenges.


The EPSRC Digitalised Surface Manufacturing NetworkPlus is delighted to offer all of our Network Members a free on-line course, in three parts. The course will be delivered by Dr Steve Dowey. The title of the Course is "The Smart Enough Factory: Achieving Low Cost, Low Skill, Low Risk Industry 4.0".
The first part was delivered at 9:30 am- 11:30 am on Tuesday 22nd December 2020 and a RECORDING OF PART 1 could be accessed via our MEMBERS AREA on the network website, which will be accessible once you have registered.
Dr Dowey is Sutton Tools Technology Manager, RMIT Industry Fellow, The Smart Enough Factory Pty Ltd Founder. Acknowledgement: the work was supported by DMTC Ltd, AMGC, RMIT, Sutton Tools and UQ, and Queensland Govt.

Please register for the course via Eventbrite

Introductory video

Prof Matthews talks about the DSM Network
Prof Matthews introduces the EPSRC NetworkPlus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing at MRE2020

Presentation slides

Digitalised Surface Manufacturing
Prof Allan Matthews discussed aim and ambitions of the DSM Network at IOM3 Surface Engineering Workshop


We are thankful to our valued partners for their Unconditional commitment and proactive participation

DSM Network strives to Take the Coatings and Surface Manufacturing Sector Towards Digitalisation by bringing people and capabilities together to address the challenges of Industry 4.0.