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Innovation in Additive Manufacturing day to highlight opportunities

Following in the footsteps of last year’s success, the newly re-branded Additive International (formerly known as the International Conference for Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing) and Innovate UK have teamed for a pre-summit event, themed ‘Business Innovation in Additive Manufacturing’.

Taking place on 10th July at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel, the event will bring together for the first time, approximately forty teams working on Innovate UK-funded AM projects. It will provide a platform to showcase new business-focused research and innovations in AM, as well as for the teams to share best practices, ideas and gain support from their peers and industry experts.

Each team will be invited to deliver a short, two-minute pitch, providing an overview of their project and its results so far. These projects span a wide variety of AM related developments including new materials, processes and products; improving post-processing techniques; design for AM and introducing AM into business.

Additive International and Innovate UK have teamed up to feature a ‘Business Innovation in AM’ pre-summit event / Picture: Additive International


A select group of candidates will also deliver more in-depth presentations exploring the challenges, business applications and expected benefits of AM technology in line with their project objectives.

Robin Wilson, Innovation Lead at Innovate UK said, “Since we awarded their funding last year, our project teams have been working hard on their AM projects, but have had little time to interact or learn from each other – or the wider community. Teaming up with Additive International provides the perfect forum for our project teams to take a step back and be part of something bigger – to network, debate with and learn from AM experts across industry and academia.”

“Additive International has always been about cutting through the hype around AM and 3DP technology, as well as to drive research, development and innovation in additive technologies,” said conference organiser, Professor Richard Hague. “Our partnership with Innovate UK is an ideal complement to this strategy. We are thrilled to be working with them again this year to kick off our summit and we look forward to seeing the fruits of their investment and hard work.”

Paul Unwin, the co-chair of the Strategy Steering Group of Additive Manufacturing UK will close out the pre-conference day with an update on the UK’s AM strategy. The full two-day Additive International programme will officially begin following morning on 11th July.

The 13th annual summit on Additive Manufacturing takes place in Nottingham from 10th – 12th July / Picture: Additive International