‘ Tech­nol­ogy can help firms cre­ate jobs’

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS / NEWS - Greg Wright DEPUTY BUSI­NESS ED­I­TOR @ york­shire­post

York­shire firms are be­ing urged to use tech­nol­ogy to help them cre­ate jobs and at­tract in­vest­ment.

Busi­nesses across the Leeds City Re­gion in­volved in prod­uct de­vel­op­ment now have ac­cess to metal ad­di­tive man­u­fac­ture ( AM or 3D print­ing), imag­ing and mi­croscopy, thanks to the work of the 3M Buck­ley In­no­va­tion Cen­tre.

Now avail­able at the 3M BIC on Firth Street, Hud­der­s­field, the new tech­nolo­gies will en­able busi­nesses to adopt ad­di­tive man­u­fac­ture and to print pro­toypes in me­tals such as ti­ta­nium and stain­less steel. It can also check for in­ac­cu­ra­cies in prod­ucts.

The new pieces of equip­ment are part of an in­vest­ment through the Hud­der­s­field In­no­va­tion and In­cu­ba­tion Project ( HIIP), a £ 2.9m grant from the Leeds City Re­gion En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship ( LEP) Growth Deal, a £ 1bn pack­age of Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment to ac­cel- er­ate growth and cre­ate jobs across Leeds City Re­gion.

Michael Wil­son, 3M BIC cen­tre man­ager and HIIP direc­tor, said: “Metal AM is be­com­ing a ma­jor ad­di­tion to a man­u­fac­turer’s arse­nal and will be of great ben­e­fit to busi­nesses across the re­gion, as well as the mi­croscopy and imag­ing equip­ment.

“All are great tools for prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, so we’re ex­cited to be able to in­clude them as part of our over­all tech­nol­ogy of­fer­ing.

“We can now of­fer the whole pack­age, from pro­to­typ­ing in plas­tics and me­tals, to cor­rect­ing stress frac­tures or im­per­fec­tions in prod­ucts.

Busi­nesses will be able to en­sure their new prod­ucts are cut­ting edge and safe be­fore they em­bark on large scale pro­duc­tion.”

3M BIC of­fers a net­work mem­ber­ship, which pro­vides com­pa­nies with ac­cess to hi- tech equip­ment, dis­counts on meet­ing and con­fer­ence rooms, as well as the op­por­tu­nity to become part of a wider busi­ness sup­port net­work.

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