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The Lincoln Technology Hub, which offers free use of cutting-edge 3D equipment, expert advice and business support, was officially opened at the new £11 million Lincoln School of Art and Design this week.
The main hub area housing the 3D printing and laser cutting equipment is based in the workshop of the Architecture Building at the University’s Brayford Pool campus, while the 3D scanners and heritage expertise can be found in the School of Art and Design, which is attached to the Architecture Building.
The launch event saw demonstrations of the 3D printers, 3D colour scanner and a laser cutter, as well as fabrication techniques.
Around 55 guests from local businesses also had the chance to talk to experts in the heritage sector and find out about the free training and expert advice available to businesses using the hub.
Cllr Marc Jones, Support Councillor to the Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, which runs the Onlincolnshire project, said: “There has been huge interest in the latest Lincolnshire Technology Hub, and now that businesses have seen at first hand what the hub has to offer, I am sure it will get booked up fast.
“The possibilities are endless for a wide range of sectors, from architectural practices and designers making prototypes to heritage workers.
“The experts on hand at the university are there to help businesses use the equipment and offer their advice on other elements such as new product development, packaging design and prototyping.
“I look forward to hearing about the success of businesses which have used the facilities at our newest hub.”
Mike Poole, Business Development Manager at the university’s College of Arts, said: “This is a great resource for the local business community and will help give Lincoln firms the edge in a global market.
“The idea is to offer the opportunity to try out new equipment before making a purchase and access expert advice and support so businesses can grow. We hope to see as many people as possible take advantage of this new venture.”
All of the equipment purchased through the onlincolnshire project can be borrowed or used for free by eligible businesses, with just a small charge to cover insurance costs and materials used. Booking and training may be required.
The hub is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).