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ACCELERATING THE UPTAKE OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

The UK National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) is here to accelerate the uptake of Additive Manufacturing (AM) by developing the technology and systems required to address the key challenges within the AM value chain.

Consulting related to Process development and optimization in the context of Manufacturing

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Scope:

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing is based at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. We are also home to The European Space Agency (ESA) AM Benchmarking Centre and a founding partner of the ASTM AM Center of Excellence.

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing has a team of engineers and technical specialists who are available to answer your questions on all aspects of Additive Manufacturing. Our facilities comprise metal, ceramic and polymer printers, plus a wide range of equipment for post-processing, and our digital factory environment has the latest software available to help you de-risk your adoption of Additive Manufacturing.

You can use these facilities to make your first prototype or to do your initial production run supported by our staff before making your own capital investment decisions. Find out more about how we could help you here or by contacting us here.

Approach:

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing has a team of engineers and technical specialists who are available to answer your questions on all aspects of Additive Manufacturing. Our facilities comprise metal, ceramic and polymer printers, plus a wide range of equipment for post-processing, and our digital factory environment has the latest software available to help you de-risk your adoption of Additive Manufacturing.

You can use these facilities to make your first prototype or to do your initial production run supported by our staff before making your own capital investment decisions. Whether you are at the beginning of your additive journey or an advanced practitioner looking to improve your productivity or product offering, we can help you to:

  • Shape your strategy
  • Mature your additive processes
  • Develop your technology
  • Improve your workforce competency/ training
  • Design rapid response service

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SHAPE YOUR STRATEGY

NCAM offers a range of advisory services to help shape and deliver your AM strategy. This can start with a free, no obligation consultation with one of our experts, who can advise you on the support package that best suits your needs such as those below.

AM Suitability

  • Receive expert guidance and a report on the suitability of your product for AM, as well as the advantages and limitations of this new technology.
  • Understand the design changes needed for your product in order to manufacture through the AM route.

AM Business Case

  • Know how to exploit AM technology for the benefit of your business with planned strategic choices.
  • Understand associated costs, risks and benefits enabling you to support investment applications.

AM Programme Implementation

  • Understand the operational requirements on companies within the AM supply chain.
  • Develop an action plan for advancement in your AM journey.

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MATURE YOUR ADDITIVE PROCESSES

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) independent experts can help you develop your additive manufacturing process. Start with a free, no obligation consultation with a member of our team to shape a project to your needs.

The scope of the project will be tailored to your requirements. NCAM provides the expert support and facilities to deliver a confidential solution to your needs.

Typical projects include:

  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Process Technology Selection
  • Process Optimisation and Validation
  • Production Implementation
  • Manufacturing Readiness Assessment

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DEVELOP YOUR TECHNOLOGY

Our independent experts can support the development of your equipment, software or material technologies. We can support you in accessing public funding to leverage your investment, and can help you to:

  • Partner for innovation - help you find the right partners / customers to develop and prove out your technology and access government funding
  • Prove out your technology - independent testing of your technology (hardware or software) in an industrial setting as part of an AM process chain
  • Demonstrate your technology - showcase your equipment and running live demonstrations to your customer base

We have industrial-scale facilities that we can use to rapidly bring equipment, software and material in to test or demonstrate. We can connect the system to our digital factory environment as well as adjacent physical operations. 

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IMPROVE YOUR WORKFORCE COMPETENCY / TRAINING

With the MTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, we have developed a comprehensive range of AM training courses.

These cover a range of topics spanning the AM process chain at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels, and defined based on a competency framework for industrial AM roles. They are delivered through a range of formats, from online eLearning, virtual classrooms, to face-to-face practical and theory courses over one or more days, offering access to expert AM engineers and state-of-the-art AM equipment and facilities.

In addition, we have defined training pathways specifically for the roles of AM technician and design engineer, and developed a comprehensive range of training courses to help you develop your workforce competency.

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DESIGN RAPID RESPONSE SERVICE

Does it make sense to use 3D printing for your product? Do you have a design challenge and would like some help?

Here at the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing, we are now running a rapid response design service to help you accelerate the uptake of Additive Manufacturing.

We offer free and unbiased advice so please fill out the form below and a member of the NCAM team will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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