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Renishaw to display UK’s only metal-based 3D printers at MACH 2014
Renishaw to display UK’s only metal-based 3D printers at MACH 2014

Renishaw to display UK’s only metal-based 3D printers at MACH 2014

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 18 February 2014

The Manufacturing Technology Association (MTA) has announced that world leading engineering technology company, Renishaw, is to showcase the UK’s only metal-based 3D printers at MACH 2014, the UK’s premier engineering and manufacturing technologies exhibition. Empire Cycles has produced the world’s first 3D printed bicycle frame using these devices, and it will accompany Renishaw in providing live demonstrations of the technology at the 3D Printing Zone in Hall 4 of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. The event is taking place between the 7th and 11th of April 2014.

This announcement follows the news that the British government is to set aside £15 million to create a national 3D Printing Hub in Coventry. As the UK starts to establish itself as a leader in additive manufacturing, the MTA has provided the sector with a dedicated zone at its biennial event.

'Determining the value of 3D printing can be difficult due to the hype that surrounds it, but there is no doubt that the technology has a role to play in industrial manufacturing,' said Graham Dewhurst, Director General, MTA. 'Companies such as Renishaw, who are innovating in this exciting and expanding sector, need a platform to demonstrate the power of their technology and how it is transforming industry. We believe now is the time to introduce the 3D Printing Zone.'

Other organisations exhibiting in the zone include, EOS, the world’s leading manufacturer of sintering systems and CREAT3D, an independent specialist retailer of desktop 3D printers.
MACH aims to bring together companies from a range of disparate industries, so that they can share ideas and witness innovative machinery in action. At MACH 2012, over 6,000 tonnes of live working machinery was on display, attracting over 21,500 visitors. Based on current projections, these figures are on course to be exceeded in 2014.  

'MACH is our biggest source of leads in the UK so choosing to expand into this new zone was an easy decision to make,' said Chris Pockett, Head of Communications, Renishaw. '3D printing is still establishing a role in the manufacturing supply chain and MACH provides the perfect opportunity for Renishaw to discover what that role will be.'

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