3D Printing Week 2018: Could 3D printing be useful for your business? – Peterborough

3D Printing Week 2018: Could 3D printing be useful for your business? – Peterborough

DATE: 24 April 2018

TIME: 10.30 - 14.00

LOCATION: Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough

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Three events across East Anglia 24-26 April to help you understand the benefits and applications of 3D printing/additive manufacturing.

Knowledge Transfer Network - Innovate UKManufacturing, engineering and design businesses will be offered 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.

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.


“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.”


Prof. Phill Dickens, Professor of Manufacturing, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham

“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.”


Dr Louise Jones, Network’s Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group Lead (AM SIG), Knowledge Transfer Network

No prior knowledge or experience of additive manufacturing is necessary.

As well as an informative presentation from a leading expert, you will hear from local businesses who are successfully using AM to grow their business. Plus, you’ll find out what support, facilities and funding is available to help develop your ideas. The events will end with live demonstrations of 3D printing in action, where you can ask questions and explore the opportunities. This is also a great chance to network with industry peers. The events are free but must be booked in advance.

About the speaker

Prof. Phill Dickens of University of Nottingham is an award-winning researcher specialising in processes and materials specific to Additive Manufacturing.

Phill was the first academic worldwide to investigate multi-pass welding to make 3D metal shapes. He has obtained multiple grants to support research work ranging from small activities to multi-million pound research centres. Most work has involved multi-disciplinary activity with national and international academic collaborators and supported by industrial partners.

Read Phill’s full bio here

These events are being organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network’s Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group (SIG), which encourages innovation, enhances awareness and fosters knowledge transfer in additive manufacturing and 3D printing primarily for the benefit of UK business to enhance economic growth.

The events are also supported by the New Anglia Growth Hub and host venues, Allia Future Business Centre, Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre and Anglia Ruskin University.

The events are free but must be booked in advance.