Mar 12, 2018 | By Benedict

Manchester Metropolitan University and property company Tatton Estate have agreed to build Cheshire 3D Print Hub, a multi-million-pound, 40,000-square-foot 3D printing facility in Cheshire, UK.

Manchester Metropolitan University will lend its 3D printing expertise to a new AM hub in Cheshire

It’s no secret that the UK is making a concerted effort to boost its additive manufacturing industry. Last year, an independent, government-backed organization called AM UK published its National Strategy for British 3D printing, pointing out several ways in which the country can prepare for its 3D printing future.

It is hoped that an embrace of futuristic technologies like 3D printing will soften the economic blow of Brexit.

It looks like investment in UK 3D printing is already underway, because property company Tatton Estate, the largest private landowner in east Cheshire, England, is teaming up with Manchester Metropolitan University to create a multi-million-pound 3D printing facility in Cheshire.

The two organizations will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week as they prepare to start work on the 40,000-square-foot facility, which will be called Cheshire 3D Print Hub (C3D).

Rather than build new structures for C3D, Tatton Estate will provide existing buildings on its Yarwood Heath Farm property. In these buildings, the new 3D printing hub will serve as a high-tech incubator for local businesses looking to add 3D printing to their workflow. The creators of the hub say it will bring money, jobs, and social cohesion to the area of North West England.

The 3D printing hub will be established across buildings owned by Tatton Estate

Manchester Metropolitan University is already well equipped to provide 3D printing services and expertise for C3D, and will use its established PrintCity facilities in Manchester to bolster the project. In addition to the involvement of SMEs, the 3D printing hub will also aim to form academic partnerships and use postgraduate research projects to support cooperating businesses.

This effectively means that the Cheshire 3D Print Hub will seek to encourage private-public interaction, using the skills of academia and the investment of private companies to create mutually beneficial working arrangements.

The hub will deliver an initial six million pounds ($8.3M) of investment in the area.

In December 2016, Manchester Metropolitan University took part in an unusual 3D printing project: commissioning an abstract piece of 3D printed artwork called Timeform Intersection, which was then buried in a time capsule. The event took place to mark the opening of St Peter’s Square, a new tram stop in Manchester, and involved the use of Manchester Metropolitan University’s existing 3D printing facilities.

Cheshire is also home to PeptiGelDesign Technologies, a company specializing in the development of synthetic biomaterials for 3D bioprinting.



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