Cutting Edge Lasers and Creativity Symposium

20-minute papers

Sarah Silve during presentation

Sarah Silve

Lasers: Forming a Relationship in the Making

Sarah’s background is in silversmithing and jewellery. She became interested in CAD/CAM for automating the scoring of metal for folded objects, and was intrigued by the implications of CAM for producing repeatable and more affordable metal products.

She was introduced to laser forming by Prof Steen, and joined The Liverpool Laser Group in 1997. Her research explored the capability of laser forming for silversmithing and the empirical study focused on the relationship between 2D CAD patterns, heating strategies and the resulting forms.

In 2001 Sarah set up a laser facility at Brunel University to continue her research. Since then she has run several laser forming projects, in particular a project supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to explore the take up of the process by other practitioners. Sarah joined the design teaching staff at Brunel in 2007 and currently teaches on the undergraduate Product and Industrial Design programmes.