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Stratasys partners with MTC
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Mar '17
Stratasys, the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, has initiated a partnership with the UK's Manufacturing Technology Centre with an aim to demonstrate new processes and technologies that overcome barriers and push the boundaries of traditional manufacturing. The deal will make additive manufacturing central to MTC's projects.
 
MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, which is supported by Innovate 
UK - the government agency tasked with identifying and driving science and technology innovations for the growth of the UK economy. It focuses on delivering bespoke manufacturing system solutions working closely with its member 'customers' - global manufacturing companies from multiple sectors including Airbus, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and Siemens.
 
The collaboration will see Stratasys work closely with the MTC to make additive manufacturing central to the projects undertaken in conjunction with its members, supporting the organisation's role to research and advice industry on the technology's capabilities across multiple platforms. 
 
"We aim to inspire great British manufacturing on the global stage and central to achieving this are our partnerships with leading technology providers like Stratasys, through whom we are deploying some of the world's most advanced, market-disruptive 3D printing based technology solutions," says Ross Trepleton, group technology manager, component technology, MTC.
 
"Working with Stratasys, we have a clear objective to demonstrate additive manufacturing technology's existing capabilities to our members and explore the opportunity to push the envelope in other areas. This includes the ability to produce end-use engineering components, as well as the capability to build complex parts with multiple materials and give multi-functionality to a single component, using 3D printing. We're also looking at the potential to functionally grade parts by material composition," he adds. " 
 
Stratasys' collaboration with MTC will see the organisation deploy some of the most market-leading additive manufacturing technologies including Stratasys J750 full color, multi-material 3D printer which breaks restrictive technology barriers by allowing customers for the first time to mix-and-match full colour alongside an unprecedented range of materials. (SV)

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