Hello! My name is Sarat Babu.

I work on new ways physical products can perform through the convergence between design, manufacturing and materials brought on by increased digitisation. I've focused on developing new methods, processes and tools that we need to conceive, execute and scale the performances this confluence unlocks.

Currently I am part of the Platform Engineering group in Meta’s Reality Labs. Previously I worked for Alloyed as Chief Digital Officer. Alloyed was formed through the acquisition of my prior company, Betatype. Betatype built software tools to extend what can be designed and manufactured using additive manufacturing. We provided advanced design and engineering services to some of the worlds largest companies in a range of industries such as consumer electronics, medical and aerospace.

Prior to Betatype I co-founded and ran BREAD a product design consultancy with Andrew Brand. I also was part of the founding team behind Orthonika.

Additionally, I have been a Research Associate in the Medical Engineering group at Imperial College London and as a Senior Visiting Tutor on the Innovation Design Engineering course at the Royal College of Art.

For fun I like to take photos. Music is my other passion. I make mixes in some kind of homage to the cassette / CD mixtapes of my youth.

You can reach me via e-mail or Linkedin.

Talks & Press

2022

The Royal Danish Academy
Copenhagen


2020

An Interview with Sarat Babu
nTopology.com


2019

Bartlett School of Architecture
London

British Computer Society
London

Develop3D
Sheffield

Manufacturing Technology Centre
Coventry


2018

Additive World
Eindhoven

Design thinking will propel 3D printing
themanufacturer.com

Introducing The Uniform Wares M Collection With PreciDrive Movements And A Unique Titanium Mesh Strap
Hodinkee.com

Making Additive Manufacturing Perform For Manufacturing 3DPrint.com

Uniform Wares: A trip to the workshop of the UK watchmaker doing things differently
Monocle on Design

2017

Additive Manufacturing Users Group
Chicago

ALM Technologies for Space Applications
Didcot

Breathing chandeliers and algae sculptures: bionic art comes to the V&A 
Financial Times

International Conference on Additive Manufacturing
Nottingham

Irish Manufacturing Research
Dublin

Materials and Manufacturing Challenges for Power Electronics Systems
Stone

RAPDASA
Durban

University of Kent
Canterbury


2016

Lattice Structures Symposium
London

Innovation Through Craft: Opportunities for Growth
London

New Designers
London

The Current State and Future of Additive Manufacturing
London

2015

Autodesk
San Fransisco

Innovate 15
London

Makerversity
London

Saatchi Gallery
London


2014

Architecture Association
London

The Cooper Union
New York

Make Shift
London

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
London

The Royal Danish Academy
Copenhagen

University College London
London

2013

Århus Arkitektskolen
Århus

Roca Gallery
London

Shenkar University
Tel Aviv


2012

The Royal Danish Academy
Copenhagen


2010

Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
London

Hidden Art Forum
London

The Royal Danish Academy
Copenhagen

SATnet Virtual Seminar
London


2009

Sight and Sound
Crafts, Issue No. 218


Patents

Moveable display supports, computing devices using same, and methods of use
US 10886498 B2

Tool path data generation in additive manufacturing
US 2021 / 0146623 A1

Additive Manufacturing
US 2019/0315067 A1

Implant and Implant System
US 2021/0161673 A1  

Journal Articles & Chapters

Additive Manufacturing
Volume 22, Pages 290-301, 2018

Materials & Design
Volume 131, Pages 498-508, 2017 

Architectured Objects through Selective Laser Sintering
Doctoral Thesis, University College London, 2014

Architectural Design
Volume 84, Issue 1, 2014

Material Matters — New Materials in Design
Black Dog Publishing, 2012

Persistent Modelling: Extending the role of architectural representation, Routledge, Oxon, 2012

Research Grants & Awards

The Arts Foundation & Clotherworkers Association
Materials Innovation Fellowship, 2015

NIHR BRC at the Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research Confidence in Concept, 2014

OA Centre Imperial College London, Wellcome Trust & EPSRC Proof of Concept Funding for Medical Engineering Solutions in Osteoarthritis, 2014

Industrial Fellowship
The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, 2011

Bursary
Dyson Foundation, 2009

Workshops

Thinking through Making
Korean Institute of Design Promotion Busan, Korea, 2012

Digital Representation and Analogue Matter
The Bartlett School of Architecture, London, 2012

Exploratorium: Composite Design and Fabrication
Royal College of Art, London, 2011 & 2010


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