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Queen’s Christmas Broadcast features Commonwealth Baton

The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast included footage of the Commonwealth Baton, which is currently on its way around the 70 competing nations. We are very proud to have been commissioned by 4c Design to build the titanium lattice structure using our metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) process. The striking organic form was built in 4,000 layers and comprised intricate internal and external …

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3T feature in IMechE article

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ article about the Queen’s Baton for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games explains how 3T produced the six titanium parts using Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology.  Taking 30 hours to build, the baton’s lattice section was made up of 4,000 layers and the outside has a highly polished finish, taking eight days to complete. Jon Vickers, Metal …

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New facilities, machines, funding and staff

A continued period of expansion at 3T RPD is leading to a number of significant developments.  The company has extended its production facilities by 35% in order to expand the metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) factory and add to the number of DMLS machines.  Two new M280 machines have been delivered in the first week of October 2013, bringing capacity up …

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3T presents at IMechE event

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has invited 3T’s CEO, Ian Halliday, to speak at their forthcoming event; Next Generation Additive Manufacturing Technology: taking metals from prototyping to production.  Taking place on Tuesday 12 November 2013 at The Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, delegates also get a tour of the MTC research laboratory. Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology is one of the …

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TSB funding for thin walled structures study

3T secures Government funding for R&D projects

3T RPD has been successful in securing roles in six out of 18 Technology Strategy Board-funded Additive Manufacturing (AM) development projects.   The UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, is investing £8.4m in Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, which creates objects layer by layer.  Powdered plastic or metals are selectively melted by powerful lasers which are guided …

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Plastic AM Finishing guide is launched

We are pleased to announce that our new online guide to Plastic AM Finishing is now live, explaining and showing examples of how our team of skilled finishers and modelmakers use a variety of in-house techniques and bespoke finishing processes to produce the best possible parts for our customers. Additive Manufacturing (AM) creates parts that can be used in a variety …

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NASA uses 3D printing for rocket engine part

The BBC has reported that NASA has successfully tested a 3D-printed rocket engine part.  The US space agency said that the injector component could be made more quickly and cheaply using the technique.  The news follows General Electric’s revelation that it planned to use 3D printing technology to make fuel nozzles for its jet engines. With additive manufacturing (or 3D …

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Year in Industry student in final for Business Award

We are delighted that Ed Wickens, our Year in Industry student since September 2012, has won through to the final of the 2013 Year in Industry’s Contribution to the Business Awards after beating off stiff competition in the South East’s Regional Final. To progress to the final, Ed presented his project in which he designed and developed a ‘mistake proof’ tool for inserting …

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Cyclist magazine reviews 3D printing

Cyclist magazine has written a feature devoted to the revolutionary world of 3D printing, and includes the innovative creations of RaceWare Direct (our full case study can be found here).  Giving an interesting insight into the history of 3D printing, the article goes on to explain how the process works from CAD design to final production item. We are currently …

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