Sharing knowledge: providing advice and guidance to a 3D printing company
TWI has been working with additive manufacturing for 25 years, building up a wealth of knowledge and experience that can benefit any business considering moving into the technology.
One of the SMEs to capitalise on this expertise is Photocentric3D, a company established in 2002 that specialises in photopolymer resins. Having recently expanded into producing 3D printers (the term ‘3D printing’ typically referring to consumer-oriented additive manufacturing), the company got in touch with TWI to seek guidance and feedback on its current practices.
TWI carried out a review of Photocentric3D’s 3D printing materials, processes and equipment, put the company in touch with a specialist supplier of additive manufacturing support software and advised the company on how to test its products against recognised industry standards.
So informed, Photocentric3D was able to carry out mechanical testing of parts created using its equipment, establishing performance figures it could use in its product information and marketing materials.
By teaming up with TWI through this technology transfer support project, Photocentric3D was able to draw on the results of a depth of research beyond the reach of a small company. It went on to become an Industrial Member of TWI, to continue to benefit from TWI’s additive manufacturing pedigree.