The Advanced Prototyping Facility project led by Aston University assists businesses with rising awareness of the opportunities available through additive manufacture (3D Printing).

We aim to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing designs and to develop new products all the way through to producing prototypes. The project brings together 3D printing methods such as: VAT Polymerisation (SLA,DLP,CDLP) Material Extrusion (FDM,FFF,CFM) Binder Jetting (BJ) Material Jetting (MJ,NPJ,DOD) Powder Bed Fusion (MJF,SLS,DMLS,SLM,EBM) Direct Energy Deposition (LENS,EBAM) Sheet Lamination (LOM), allowing for additive manufacture in a wide range of polymers, plastics, ceramics and metals.

All this combined with a team of experts and academics that can help improve designs and create designs for manufacture The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund programme and part-funded by Aston University, and as such is bound by State Aid and public funding rules, regulations and eligibility criteria, and is available to SMEs in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull region.


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Advanced Prototyping Facility