UK 3D Printing Materials Supplier, Filamentive, are part of a global consortium of companies and academic institutions that could revolutionise the use of industrial additive manufacturing in the UK, bringing the advanced manufacturing of high-value components for key industries to the country for the first time.
The Evo One ‘large format additive manufacturing’ (LFAM) project – which involves 3D printing experts Evo-3D; the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) operated by the University of Strathclyde and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC); Rolls-Royce; materials supplier Filamentive; software developer AI Build; and Baker Hughes – are spearheading the creation of a state-of-the-art 3D printer system poised to elevate UK manufacturers’ competitiveness beyond global counterparts. This pioneering project has received a substantial £1.1 million investment from Innovate UK, the nation’s foremost innovation agency, aimed at supporting the onshoring of high-value, UK manufacturing.
Large Format Additive Manufacturing (LFAM) represents a cutting-edge 3D printing technique that aims to revolutionise the production of sizeable polymer components. Unlike conventional 3D printing methods, LFAM allows for the creation of objects on a significantly larger scale, making it particularly well-suited for industries requiring substantial components, such as aerospace, automotive, energy, and marine.
This pioneering Evo One project is poised to address and overcome the challenges that have hindered LFAM progress. The design team behind Evo One is committed to achieving a 60% enhancement in reliability, a remarkable 50% increase in productivity, a substantial 30% reduction in training and maintenance expenditures, and a remarkable 80% reduction in material wastage, among a spectrum of other advancements.
“As the leading provider of sustainable materials for 3D printing in the UK, Filamentive possesses expertise and knowledge in sustainability. Our extensive experience in environmental considerations equips us to offer valuable insights and consultation regarding material selection and sustainability benchmarking. This encompasses essential environmental factors such as carbon footprint, embodied energy, and recycled content. Additionally, we are committed to providing guidance on recyclability for the materials we supply for the EVO ONE project”
Ravi Toor, Managing Director, Filamentive
Upon completion of this project, Evo-3D will propel the industry forward by launching a spin-out enterprise named RapidFusion. This move is poised to mark a historic milestone as the United Kingdom’s inaugural original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the LFAM realm. Beyond this remarkable feat, the emergence of Evo One LFAM is destined to lay the cornerstone for an entirely new supply chain, a resurgence of pivotal manufacturing capabilities on home soil, and empower UK manufacturers to harness the transformative potential of Industry 4.0.
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