Funding for 3D printers

Staff at Cartridge World in Parton Road, Aylesbury, are having fun with their first 3D printer
Staff at Cartridge World in Parton Road, Aylesbury, are having fun with their first 3D printer

A 3D printing company has been given a £3,000 grant from Aylesbury Vale District Council to help promote emerging technology.

3D Print World based at Cartridge World in Parton Road, Aylesbury, has used some of the grant money to buy demonstration equipment which it will take out to schools and other customers to show the opportunities that 3D printing presents.

The funding has also enabled the company to provide the Buckinghamshire University Technical College (UTC) with training equipment to use as part of a course designed to help students build a printer kit.

3D Print World is also planning to launch a 3D printing competition for schools at the end of February and some of the district council’s grant has been used to purchase 3D printers as prizes for the competition.

Paul Hiscoe, one of the founders of 3D Print World, said: “When we decided to open the first consumer 3D printing store outside London, many questioned our choice of location.

“But in fact Aylesbury sits right in the heart of a high tech region, including of course many F1 teams.

“The council is keen to encourage the growth of high tech careers in the area and is co-sponsoring the 3D printers which will be awarded as prizes in the schools competition, details of which will be announced shortly.

“We’re already running 3D printing courses in conjunction with Bucks UTC, who will also be providing the training to enable students to enter the competition.”

Councillor Steve Bowles, cabinet member for economic development said: “3D printing is already big business and in the next few years will grow to become an even bigger part of people’s everyday lives.

“I am, therefore, really pleased that we have been able to support this company with grant funding.

“I would encourage any local firm with growth ambitions to take time to speak to us or find out more about the funding opportunities available.”

3D printing involves making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model.

The district council’s business grant scheme aims to promote local entrepreneurship and business innovation, encouraging business and employment growth. Businesses that have been trading for more than a year can apply for funding up to £5,000.

For more information about the AVDC business grant scheme, visit www.investaylesburyvale.com or call 01296 585657.