Timely Boost for Lancashire 3D printing firm

Alex Mayor and Paul Croft
Alex Mayor and Paul Croft
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A fast-growing Lancashire business which supplies state-of-the-art 3D printers is set for further expansion after receiving free business support from Boost Business Lancashire.

Chorley-based Ultimaker (GB) Ltd has sold 500 of its 3D printers in the UK and taken on two new staff since being set up just six months ago by directors Paul Croft and Alex Mayor.

The firm, which has already enjoyed success in the engineering, design and architecture sectors, recently launched a groundbreaking initiative to promote the advanced technology in UK schools.

The company’s rapid growth has already seen it receive specialist HR mentoring support from community and business partners through Boost – the county’s £7.2m business growth hub.

Funding from Boost’s sector support programme will help the company with further innovation and growth – it has qualified for part-funding to take part in the Design Council’s Design Leadership Programme.

The business is hoping to hit sales of 10,000 units in Great Britain over the next three years and create up to 20 jobs in the same period.

Paul Croft, director of Ultimaker, said: “3D printing is having an enormous impact on design and manufacturing in the UK.

“There is huge interest in our product because it is making the technology more affordable and accessible to businesses and organisations of all sizes.”

3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. The technology has even been used for plane parts.

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