Founded in 1900, the University is one of the leading research-based universities in the United Kingdom; the breadth of research expertise is a distinctive characteristic of the University. The University of Birmingham has also extensive experience of EU collaboration and partnerships and in-depth expertise of Framework Programme matters including management, reporting and auditing, and in particular with regard to Innovative Training Networks. Participating in 4D Hybrid is the Advanced Materials & Processing Laboratory (AMPLab). AMPLab is based in the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) for Materials Processing, in the School of Metallurgy and Materials. The research programme carried out in AMPLab aims at understanding the influence of advanced materials processing techniques (additive manufacturing, powder processing, and solid-state joining) on the microstructure-property development in advanced materials. Simultaneously, the research activities aim at developing new materials, and assessing their process-ability using a number of advanced manufacturing methods. The group has received over £10 M of funding in the last 5 years from the UK government, EC (H2020 and FP7 programmes), and industrial partners in the UK, Europe and Asia.