On the 28th April 2015 after several weeks of discussions, hard work, nail biting, coffee drinking and endless drafts the SYMETA team submitted a proposal to the EPSRC Toward Engineering Grand Challenge Call. The proposal brought together a dream team of experts from Loughborough University, University of Exeter, University of Oxford, Queen Mary University London and the University of Sheffield. The third theme of the Call: Engineering across length scales, from atoms to applications considered design across the scales for both products and systems and asked respondents to look at new approaches to bridge the meso-scale gap taking into consideration that many engineering systems are dynamic. This struck a chord with Professor Yiannis Vardaxoglou at Loughborough University and the idea behind SYMETA was born.
A Grand Challenge demands a Grand Vision and SYMETA's plan is to deliver a palette of novel, multi-functional 3D metamaterials using emerging additive manufacturing with the potential to support a single 'design-build' process. Transformation technology demanding complex science.
EPSRC saw the potential of the idea and after a rigorous review and interview process (more nail-biting) informed that the team that they had been funded on the 25th September 2015 prompting great celebration and excitement.