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Solidscape pushes 3D printing boundaries

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“I cannot disclose the details but we have intimate relationships with universities such as Cambridge and the University of Central England where we play a key role in advanced research applications, which are extremely demanding,” he says.

Relatively few companies currently use 3D printing in their component manufacturing operations, but Esposito believes that will change given the time to market and cost advantages the new technology can bring, particularly where 3D printing is used to replace moulds that have traditionally been hand-carved.

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“There is clear return on investment because at the end of the day we replace partial or completely manual processes that would otherwise be done by hand, which with a 3D printer can be done in a much shorter period of time,” Esposito says.

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