Call for Evidence: UK National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing – 15 June deadline

The Call for Evidence to support the development of a UK National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing (AM-3DP) is currently open.  The deadline for the submission of initial evidence is 15 June 2015.

Details on how the strategy is being developed are provided here. Evidence can be submitted in three ways:

  1. Submit your evidence on-line by clicking on this link.
  2. Submit your evidence via a Word Document form (available by clicking here), which should then be emailed to evidence@amnationalstrategy.uk
  3. If you wish to contribute a more substantial document – which could be included as an appendix to the final strategy publication – you are welcome to do so using the template available by clicking here, which should then be emailed to evidence@amnationalstrategy.uk.

If you have any queries regarding this Call for Evidence, please email evidence@amnationalstrategy.uk.

About the UK National Strategy for AM-3DP

Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing (AM-3DP) is a key enabler in high value manufacturing where benefits, such as smarter supply chains, digital manufacturing flexibility and design freedoms, are transforming the way products and components are designed, developed, manufactured and supplied in a wide range of sectors. The UK is amongst the global leaders in both the development of knowledge and successful application of AM-3DP technology, but there are gaps in the industrial ecosystem that need to be addressed if the UK is to capture value from the opportunities presented by AM-3DP. In addition, national strategies around the world are being developed to accelerate innovation and provide those nations with a significant advantage as they co-ordinate and focus their research, innovation and commercialisation activities relating to AM-3DP.

To respond to these issues, a Steering Group of senior representatives of a range of public and private sector organisations produced a AM Strategy Positioning Paper that provided an overview of the importance of AM-3DP to the UK economy. This Positioning Paper marked the starting point for the development of a UK National Strategy for AM-3DP. This strategy is being developed in four stages in the period March 2015 to February 2016. Two Scoping Workshops comprised the first stage, held on 10 March (hosted by the MTC) and 25 March (hosted by the University of Nottingham), were attended by over 120 industry, government and academic representatives. The outputs of these workshops helped to define the scope of the current Call for Evidence. This evidence will be analysed during July-September, with the strategy being developed and produced during October-February 2016.

The development of the UK National Strategy for AM-3DP is being coordinated by a Steering Grouping, whose members include representatives from industry (GKN Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, TWI), research (Manufacturing Technology Centre, University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham) and Government (Department of Business, Innovation and Skills).

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