26 April 2018, 08:00 - 11:00
Manufacturing, engineering and design businesses will have the chance to explore the benefits and potential applications of 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) during a three-part series of hands-on events across East Anglia.
‘3D Printing Week’, taking place 24–26 April, has been organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network’s Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group (AM SIG), in partnership with the New Anglia Growth Hub and host venues, Allia Future Business Centre in Peterborough, the University of Suffolk’s Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre, and Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus. The events will feature a presentation on the main business benefits, example of local companies using AM and live demonstrations of 3D-printing in action.
Additive manufacturing, or 3D-printing, produces 3-dimensional objects by layering materials such as metals, composites and polymers, rather than machining parts from blocks of raw material. A leading expert in additive manufacturing from the University of Nottingham, Professor Phill Dickens will be outlining main benefits. He said: “Additive manufacturing presents a wide range of benefits for businesses including the ability to make complex structures and prototypes, personalise products, reduce waste and improve quality. At these events, we will show delegates the business benefits over conventional manufacturing and what the applications are. No prior knowledge or experience of using additive manufacturing is necessary.”
Dr Louise Jones, KTN’s AM SIG lead, said: “One of the roles of the AM SIG is to promote new knowledge transfer in the field of additive manufacturing, for the benefit of UK economic growth. We will also be highlighting to companies the wealth of support available locally to help them exploit the opportunities of AM. This can include specialist advice, funding, ‘fab labs’ and other facilities, which means getting the most out of AM needn’t be expensive.”
The events are free but must be booked in advance.