19th February 2014, 1:10pm
3D future for Lincoln’s businesses
Lincoln Technology Hub The University of Lincoln will host the county’s newest technology hub, offering local organisations access to cutting-edge 3D equipment, expert advice and business support.

Launched by onlincolnshire at the new £11 million Lincoln School of Art and Design, the Lincoln Technology Hub will give businesses the chance to use 3D printers, 3D colour scanners and a laser cutter. It is the latest in a series of five technology facilities being launched throughout the county, and it will provide access to the University’s expertise in the art, design and heritage sectors.

A launch party for the Lincoln Technology Hub will take place on Thursday 27th February, from 4.30pm - 7pm. The celebration will be hosted in the Project Space Plus gallery at the Lincoln School of Art and Design, where guests can see equipment demonstrations and try out the new technology. Staff from the University will also be on hand to discuss the free training and expert advice available through the facility.

Onlincolnshire is a Lincolnshire County Council-run project, which is part-funded by the East Midlands European Regional Development Fund Programme. It works with partner organisations to promote good connections between people, services, communities and places.

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The Lincoln Technology Hub has the chance to transform businesses, and the possibilities are endless. You could be an architecture firm looking to create a 3D model of your design, an engineer who wants to develop a prototype or a heritage worker from one of our city’s historic sites in need of fabrication machinery to replicate the design of a sculpture long since lost to the elements.

“The University has experts on hand to help guide businesses through using the equipment and offer their advice on other elements such as new product development, packaging design and prototyping.”

The main hub area housing the 3D printing and laser cutting equipment will be based in the workshop of the award-winning Architecture Building at the University’s Brayford Pool campus, while the 3D scanners and heritage expertise will be found in the adjoining School of Art and Design.

Mike Poole, Business Development Manager at the University’s College of Arts, said: “We are delighted that we can host this facility and offer our own experts as resources for the local business community.

“The hub is aimed at architects, engineers, designers, manufacturers, heritage specialists, and artists, to name a few. 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 a small charge to cover insurance costs and materials used. Booking and training may be required.

The Lincoln Technology Hub will be open Monday – Friday between 10am - 4pm. Businesses interested in using the hub can book an appointment by calling 01522 835097 / 837494 or email thehub@lincoln.ac.uk.
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