May 31, 2017 | By Tess

Stage One, a UK-based creative services company, has announced the launch of Fluxaxis, a £1 million ($1.29M) startup dedicated to digital manufacturing platforms such as 3D printing, 3D scanning, CNC machining, and more. Fluxaxis will provide UK companies with the means to explore the cutting-edge technologies.

Stage One, the company behind the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron and various other renowned installations, hopes to advance its vision of a high-tech manufacturing future with its new incubator startup. In other words, Fluxaxis was founded in order to support 3D printing as the “future of making.”

While most tech startups talk big, Fluxaxis has actually made quite an impression with its impressive suite of 3D printing technologies. So far, the tech incubator already boasts an HP JetFusion 4200 printerMASSIVIT 1800Fortus 900mc, Fortus 250mc, Steinbichler Comet L3D Scanner, and a Poseidon 5-Axis CNC Machining Centre.

The Poseidon 5-Axis CNC Machining Centre (above) is capable of axes strokes of 7500 x 3800 x 2500 mm, and can quickly and precisely produce parts at a large scale

Stratasys' Fortus 250mc 3D printer (above) can 3D print parts from production-grade ABS plus thermoplastic, making it suitable for high-quality prototyping or production

According to Stage One, this sophisticated fleet of digital manufacturing equipment will enable Fluxaxis to additively manufacture objects and parts varying in scale, for various different applications, and at astonishingly fast rates. Interestingly, while we normally see such 3D printing tools being used for industrial applications, Fluxaxis will use its machines for more creative purposes.

Fluxaxis director Edwin Stokes sees the company as backing the inevitable. He says: “Designers, marketers, architects, manufacturers, retailers, film and theatre companies. Everyone is exploring how [3D printing] can enrich their productions. By removing technical barriers we are enabling a new creative and fast-track approach, uninhibited by scale and intricacy.”

The MASSIVIT 1800 3D printer (above) boasts a massive build volume of 1.8 x 1.5 x 1.2 m and uses a translucent acrylic material useful for a range of different applications.

The Steinbichler Comet L3D Scanner (above) offers high resolution 3D scanning capabilities thanks to its Blue LED Technology; scans taken with the scanner can easily be converted into digital 3D models

“The best machines mean nothing if you don’t know what to do with them,” added Stokes. “We combine the technology of the future with Stage One’s experience in creative production to open up new opportunities for businesses both in the UK and globally. Prototypes and production parts that, until now, have been too complex in form to manufacture, can now be made quickly and precisely using a range of cutting edge equipment, all under one roof.”

Along with its own launch, Fluxaxis has initiated a competition to find an artist in residence. Organized in partnership with the York Mediale, a new international media arts biennale to be held in the historic city of York, the contest will seek to fill a tech-oriented artist in residence position from September 2017 to February 2018. The winning artist (or artist collective) will receive a £5,000 artist fee as well as access to Fluxaxis’ 3D printing equipment and expertise.

HP’s JetFusion 4200 3D printer (above) boasts faster printing speeds and lower costs than SLS or FDM 3D printing; the printer has a build volume of 406 x 305 x 406 mm

Fluxaxis director Edwin Stokes

(All images: Fluxaxis) 

Interested? Submissions must be entered before July 17, 2017. The winning artists will have their residency works exhibited at the first York Mediale in 2018, and around the globe.

 

 

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