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Additive Manufacturing

Advancement in additive manufacturing technologies has seen the evolution of 3D printed parts move rapidly, providing the opportunity for new innovation within the manufacturing world. As companies can now design for additive manufacturing to complement traditional manufacturing processes, there has been a massive shift in its use, particularly within aerospace, medical, transportation, energy and consumer products.

Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing uses machines to create three-dimensional physical objects from digital data. These systems primarily manufacture using layer-by-layer (or additive) means of construction. This permits the manufacture of complex shapes and surfaces much more simply than by conventional methods.

KTN’s Additive Manufacturing community is made up of SMEs creating innovative solutions through AM technologies together with supply chain organisations, materials specialists, digital businesses and designers.

Additive manufacturing is one of the key areas of digital innovation within the Manufacturing Made Smarter national programme, creating innovation for the UK manufacturing sector to build their resilience and flexibility, improve productivity and become environmentally sustainable.

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Our Additive Manufacturing Expert

Nicole Ballantyne

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Funding Opportunities

Young Innovators Awards 2021/22

Young people (aged 18-30 on 28th July 2021) can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality, which includes a grant for £5,000, a living allowance, and tailored business support.

Opens: 14/06/2021 Closes: 28/07/2021

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Innovate UK SMART grants May 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy, with up to £500k for short projects or up to £2m for longer projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Opens: 28/05/2021 Closes: 25/08/2021

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Making Manufacturing Smarter

KTN’s Made Smarter Innovation Network ran a series of events from 14 April to 29 June which focused on helping manufacturers and digital technology companies to Make Manufacturing Smarter.

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Made Smarter Network Plus launches

The Made Smarter Network Plus, the research and network strand of the £147 million Made Smarter Innovation programme, has now launched.

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Programmes related to Additive Manufacturing

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Made Smarter | Innovation Network

From 2021 to 2025, KTN will be working on behalf of UKRI to join communities together to transform UK manufacturing. Join the Made Smarter Innovation Network and help us drive positive change.

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