The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) will continue to drive the additive manufacturing revolution in the UK after it became the first centre in the country to install HP's latest 3D printer.
The Coventry-based centre has added the new HP Jet Fusion 4200 to its extensive additive manufacturing armoury, which has been supplied by Europac 3D.
Recently crowned 'Innovation of the Year' at the inaugural 3D Printing Industry Awards in London, the printer will be housed in the MTC's National Centre for Additive Manufacturing, which recently agreed a partnership to be the benchmarking centre for the European Space Agency.
HP's new kit - 'a digital furnace of the next industrial revolution' - will transform 3D printing as it claims it can deliver components up to 10 times faster than current processes, improve print quality and do so at half the cost.
To showcase the speed, accuracy and quality of the HP Jet Fusion, the MTC and Europac 3D staged a successful industry open day on Thursday July 13, which attracted representatives from a number of high-profile organisations.
The machine will play a key role within the MTC and enable the innovation centre to further push the boundaries in this technology, as well as opening up new opportunities to promote its capability and usage across a range of industry sectors. The printer will be available to all companies interested in testing the technology and the capabilities of 3D printing.
Chris Ryall, operations manager, additive manufacturing at the MTC, said: "It's evident that the new HP Jet Fusion machines are set to revolutionise the 3D printing marketplace and bring real benefits to users. By housing one of the printers here at the National Centre we are able to open the use of it to industry, allowing them to explore and test the latest technologies and see what benefits 3D printing may be able to offer their operations."
Europac 3D has increased its ability to raise awareness and knowledge of the capabilities of 3D printing by becoming the latest member of the MTC.
The Cheshire-based company is one of the UK's leading 3D printing, scanning and inspection businesses. Europac 3D has been appointed one of HP's Channel Partners for the sales and servicing of all of HP's 3D printing systems and accessories across the UK.
The company plan to play an active role in engaging with organisations to identify opportunities, ideas and share best practice in the world of 3D scanning and printing. The company works across all sectors including; motor, medical and engineering and has a proven 20 year record in 3D scanning, modelling and reverse engineering as well as printing service and maintenance.
John Beckett, managing director of Europac 3D said: "We could think of no better place to install the first machine than at the MTC, as it is at the forefront of manufacturing technology and provides an ideal location for organisations to see the machines and examine how they can be applied to reduce costs or improve production speeds."
Europac 3D, headquartered in state of the art facilities in Cheshire, offers a full spectrum of services from the supply of cutting-edge scanners, printers and accessories to installation, maintenance and training of staff in the usage of 3D hardware and software.