Last month, Tri-Tech 3D, the UK provider of Stratasys, One-Click Metal, and XJet 3D printing solutions, supported the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) with the opening of its new facility in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The new site is supporting manufacturers with the adoption of innovative production technologies, including additive manufacturing. Though AM is growing in popularity, many manufacturers still use it solely as a prototyping tool rather than for large-scale production. To help manufacturers more easily integrate AM at an industrial scale, Tri-Tech 3D installed two of its flagship Stratasys systems in the new facility’s Additive Zone.
The new site in Renfrewshire is home to the NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy, as well as a fully connected Digital Factory and a publicly-accessible Collaboration Hub. The facility now covers everything from hobbyist machines, to prototyping systems, to high-end industrial solutions.
To showcase the benefits of production-scale AM, Tri-Tech 3D supplied the Fortus 900 and J850 – Stratasys’s flagship fused deposition modeling (FDM) and PolyJet systems. Both systems provide reliable outputs, making them ideal for the factory floor. As well as supplying the two systems, Tri-Tech 3D and training partner Cadspec will work closely with NMIS staff to help upskill manufacturers in the region. Together, Tri-Tech 3D and Cadspec will give regular demonstrations, meet with customers, and offer practical advice on how to improve both additive and subtractive manufacturing processes.
“Manufacturing is responsible for 47% of Scotland’s business expenditure on research and development,” said Adrian Painter, managing director at Tri-Tech 3D. “NMIS provides access to industry-leading systems, so that these manufacturers can turn research into reality, efficiently and at scale. The strength of the support, as well as the technology available at NMIS, will help it develop as a hugely influential location for advanced manufacturing.”
“By installing two of our largest systems at the new NMIS site, we can connect with the region’s manufacturers on a practical level,” added Painter. “Together, we can help harness the power of AM and optimize production processes in Scotland and beyond.”