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New initiative to explore new design freedoms in 3D printing / additive manufacturing

Date: 30/10/2012

The AHRC is collaborating with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), ESRC and EPSRC in a new £7million initiative to support collaboration between researchers and businesses to explore the potential opportunities for new design freedoms provided by innovation in additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing).

Priority areas for academic research outlined in the recently published competition brief include: mobilising design freedoms and intellectual property frameworks for successful business transformations; business model development; and, end to end manufacturing cycle rehearsal. Funding of between £50k and £750k may be requested for each project, although projects outside this range will be considered.

All proposals must be collaborative and business-led, involving at least one other non-academic partner. The call will formally open on 3 December 2012. This is a two-stage competition and the deadline for applicants to register is noon on 23 January 2013. A briefing and consortium building event will be held in London on 11 December 2012.

Further details on the call and the competition brief can be found on the TSB's webpages.

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