New Digital Manufacturing Centre set to open at Silverstone Park
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KW Special Projects (KWSP) has announced its latest venture, the UK-based Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC). An independent 2,000 sqm additive manufacturing production centre, which will be open, functioning and creating innovative parts for a range of clients, from Q1 2021. The DMC will be a hub for additive manufacturing, which, as a technology, has seen an increase in use and appeal in light of flexible production needs, light-weighting and reducing waste.
The Digital Manufacturing Centre was announced in Autumn 2019 when funding from South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) Local Growth Fund (LGF) was confirmed with a statement of intent to be a stand-alone production centre of digitally created (additive manufactured) parts for a range of companies and projects, but focused on series manufacture and production of high-value products. While being deliberately sector agnostic, the business will target automotive, aerospace, defence, industrial and medical industries both in small- and large-scale projects, it is also technology agnostic offering a full range of materials and process.
“Come Q1 2021, the facility will be full with engineers, specialists and machines delivering complex and innovative solutions for the most advanced industrial customers,” explains Kieron Slater, Digital Manufacturing Centre CEO.
Based within the Silverstone Technology Cluster, run by MEPC, in the South East Midlands region of the UK, the DMC is part-funded by the SEMLEP LGF and the ideation match funding and business case was developed by leading high-performance engineering and additive manufacturing specialist engineering solutions provider, KW Special Projects, of which Kieron Salter also leads as CEO.
The DMC is open to any sector that can benefit from high performance additive manufacturing (AM), and we’re on track to make a change in the UK manufacturing industry for the better. Providing engineering expertise, an agnostic approach to technologies we use focusing on the best application for our clients, as well as a wealth of experience in additive and engineering, I’m excited to start this journey with the DMC team, continued Kieron Slater, Digital Manufacturing Centre CEO.
Every customer of the DMC will benefit from the centre’s engineering expertise, choosing the correct material and technology and engineering support for the application based on their needs and specifications including technical requirements and full product lifecycle analysis.