Rethinking Industrial Hardware

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Our Purpose

8 billion tonnes of CO2 are emitted and £2.4 trillion spent every year overcoming friction in machines and remanufacturing worn out mechanisms. Actuation Lab is spearheading an effort to slash these figures, combining the latest innovations in materials, manufacturing and origami-inspired design to create low-wear hardware for a more efficient planet.

About Us

Innovation^for Longevity

Origami-inspired engineering is a proven method for creating efficient and simplified machines and mechanisms without wear components. With this tool, we are developing a pipeline of long-lasting, highly efficient hardware products to improve sustainability across all our mechanised industries.






Investing^in a better planet

By intelligently redesigning the world’s least efficient hardware components, it should be possible to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 3.14 billion tonnes and increase yearly industrial profits by the best part of £1 trillion. We are investing all of our engineering capabilities in this cause and welcome you to join us.

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We are^Actuation Lab

Simon, Tom, and Michael have worked together as researchers for the last 10 years optimising and simplifying technology for applications spanning manufacturing, renewable energy, and marine sectors. In the summer of 2019, they consolidated their intellectual property and experience, and spun Actuation Lab out of the University of Bristol, with a revolutionary approach to designing industrial hardware.

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Latest News

  • 21.06.22

    At Actuation Lab we are passionate about STEM outreach and helping the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. On Friday 17 June, our mechanical design engineer Joe Boissevain went [...]

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  • 17.06.22

    Actuation Lab have received a £50,000 part-funded contract for a project titled “Corrosion-resistant Actuators for the Southwest Dairy Industry” by the Business Innovation Fund. Part funded by the European Regional Development [...]

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  • 08.06.22

    If you are not an engineer, and don’t often wonder about the intricacies of your plumbing or how water and gas end up in your house, you probably don’t spend [...]

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