James Davidson is a Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh. James recently completed his PhD “Investigations on Advanced Joining Methods for Composite Materials and Fibre Reinforcements” and is currently working on the Hub funded project “Thermoplastic in-situ polymerisation (TPIP) and double diaphragm forming (DDF) for moulding of complex parts at scale”. The project aims to develop techniques for improving the manufacture of large-scale thermoplastic structures using affordable, low temperature processes. More specifically, James’ work is associated with the development and integration of an automated mixing and injection system for Nylon-6. His primary research interests are machine design/prototyping, finite element analysis, (meta-heuristic) optimisation algorithms, composite joining, mechanical testing, and pneumatic splicing.