Thanks to a huge GBP 5M grant from the European Regional Development Fund, Sheffield University's Mercury Centre is set to expand by adding five new 3D printing machines and paying for operating costs until 2013.
The Mercury Centre is already deep into 3D printing, as it produces medical prints and even small parts for Formula One racing cars using a 3D printer capable of metal printing. However, their existing build envelope is only 20x20x35cm. The new equipment will enable them to produce much larger parts and thus dramatically increase their scope of activities.
We're very supportive of this venture, as it is a significant investment in highly capable hardware that will no doubt be put to good use by those in Yorkshire.
Via Yorkshire Post