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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

Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Opens: 07/10/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 4

UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £8million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits.

Opens: 04/10/2021 Closes: 01/12/2021

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Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2022: Call for Abstracts

Following on from the hugely successful GRIPS 2021, our call for papers is now open (closing 3rd Dec 2021), and we are specifically looking for abstracts (from academia or industry) that focus on innovations in plastics leading to enhanced sustainability of plastics and polymers leading to or having less impact on the environment.


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UKCPN in Conversation with Paul Davidson, Challenge Director for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge

As part of our new “UKCPN in Conversation with…” series, we are delighted to bring you an informal chat between UKCPN Programme Lead, Sally Beken, and Paul Davidson (Challenge Director for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge at UKRI).

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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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