More and more companies are looking to adopt Additive Manufacturing within their business but, for many, it is an uphill struggle with significant barriers to adoption. This is a real challenge for governments and industrial bodies worldwide; it is imperative that these barriers are addressed to enable the AM industry to grow and for the benefits that the technology brings to be fully realised.
Supported by Innovate UK, Added Scientific have interviewed leading AM organisations across the UK to understand what the key challenges are and identify opportunities to support Small to Medium sized businesses (SMEs). What has emerged is a picture of entrepreneurial innovators who have had to take significant risks to bring AM into their business. The work looks at access to finance, addressing skills shortages and building supply chains; it will inform governments, financial bodies, research organisations and AM manufacturers on how they can best support the growing AM industry.
With five years in the Additive Manufacturing sector, helping companies to understand Additive Manufacturing and building business cases for technology adoption, Sophie has a deep knowledge of the AM industry and applications of the technology. As General Manager, she leads the Added Scientific team in the delivery of technical services to companies looking to push the boundaries of AM. Sophie’s background also includes Stratasys Strategic Consulting and 3T RPD, the UK’s largest 3D Printing service bureau. Sophie has an MEng in Innovative Manufacturing Engineering from Loughborough University.