Frank Cooper is a jewellery industry professional who has worked in the UK jewellery industry for all of his working life. He is now a Senior Lecturer in Jewellery Manufacturing Technologies and Manager of the Centre for Digital Design and Manufacturing at the Birmingham School of Jewellery a position he has held since 2003. He is a globally recognised expert in the use and application of various Additive Manufacturing and prototyping/3D printing technologies used in the jewellery manufacturing industry. He has a long and solid background within the UK Jewellery manufacturing Industry having worked both for bullion dealers and major Jewellery manufacturers in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.
He has an excellent understanding of both the manufacturing processes and the supply chains within the jewellery industry and has built up an outstanding group of contacts and networks within both the UK and worldwide Jewellery Manufacturing Industries.
He is also 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, as well as at the Santa Fe Symposium in America. His papers and presentations currently specialise primarily in the areas of Additive Manufacturing, CAD and prototyping for the Jewellery and Silversmithing Industries.