University additive manufacturing spin out secures £1.2M Innovate UK SMART grant

A University of Liverpool spin out company has secured a £1.2M Innovate UK SMART grant to take forward its next generation additive manufacturing technology.

Meta Additive was founded by Dr Kate Black, a research leader in 3D printing and additive manufacturing from the University’s School of Engineering.

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a transformative approach to industrial production with the potential to create bespoke components rapidly, cheaply and with added functionality. It has significant applications in many sectors including aerospace, automotive and healthcare but new printing technologies and processes are needed to achieve this goal.

Meta Additive aims to address this issue and is focused on using a chemical approach to additively manufacturing metal and ceramic components for mass manufacturing. It has already developed a number of innovative patented technologies including a Binder Jet Printing system with unrivalled performance advantages, such as high densities and low shrinkage rate.

The company has successfully secured a £1.2M Innovate Smart grant in collaboration with The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and industrial partners Epivalence and Xaar. Alongside the grant funding, the University has provided support to the company with investment from its Enterprise Investment Fund. Read more