Launch of advanced 3D technique by Loughborough

An advanced 3D printing technique developed at Loughborough University which is capable of mass-producing up to 100,000 components a day will be at the heart of a new manufacturing centre, officially launched recently.

The process known as high speed sintering (HSS) was created 14 years ago by academics at Loughborough, who perfected the process over 10 years – achieving international recognition for the project in 2009, winning a breakthrough technology award from the American SME.

The unique method is up to 100 times faster than the existing techniques, and has been recognised for elevating the production capabilities of additive manufacturing (3D printing) from small-scale manufacture of single objects to being able to complete major industrial quotas of complex components.

The ground-breaking technique is at the heart of the global print technology provider Xaar’s new 3D Centre, at the Nottingham Science Park.

The centre will showcase the capabilities of HSS and highlight its potential to improve mass manufacturing of industrial parts and components in highly competitive industries such as aerospace, consumer products, automotive, medical and sports and leisure.