Tom Keighley

£7m available for 3D printing research and development

£7m of Government investment is to be targeted at 3D printing technologies, the Universities and Science Minister has announced.

Grants for collaborative R&D projects are available for 3D printing, also known as “additive manufacturing.“The Inspiring New Design Freedoms in Additive Manufacturing competition will be administered by the Technology Strategy Board, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

David Willetts said: “3D printing technologies offer huge potential for UK businesses to compete successfully by embracing radically different manufacturing techniques that could be applied across a wide variety of global market sectors, from aerospace to jewellery.

“We believe this new investment will help UK companies make the step change necessary to reach new markets and gain competitive advantage. Building on £20 million of previous Technology Strategy Board support for additive manufacturing innovation, it will help secure more of this game-changing high value activity for the UK, driving economic growth and enhancing quality of life.”

The competition is open from December 3, with further information to be made available from the Technology Strategy Board in the next few weeks.

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