A 3D printing tour of the UK for Renishaw

21 July 2015

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A 3D printing tour of the UK for RenishawThis festival season, Renishaw is spreading the word about additive manufacturing by presenting the world-famous Renishaw-Empire metal 3D printed bike at several business and family friendly events across the UK. The highlight of the summer is CarFest South, taking place between 28th and 30th August at Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire.

Chris Evans conceived CarFest in 2012 for the BBC’s Children in Need and it has been repeated each year ever since. Well known as one of the most family-friendly festivals in the UK, the initiative has so far raised more than £3.5 million for the charity.

Renishaw’s involvement with CarFest began earlier this year, when the company was invited to join a group organised by Rock the Cotswolds, a project aimed to demonstrate that the Cotswolds region is a hub of creativity and innovation. As part of the project, Renishaw, which is a designated ‘rocker’, is working with Rock the Cotswolds to organise a series of children’s workshops at the CarFest South event in Hampshire.

Renishaw will also be displaying the Renishaw-Empire metal 3D printed bike frame at the event and hosting a fun workshop to teach children why mechanical engineering can be a creative art. The activity is part of the What I Learned this Summer camp, which is taking place at the festival and will teach children new skills, while also sparking their interest in science and engineering, sports and the arts.

David Ewing, Technical Marketing Engineer at Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Products Division explains: “This summer our 3D printing specialists have committed to speaking at more events than ever before. Additive manufacturing is a relatively new technology that can be difficult to understand at first. Despite its complexity, it is incredibly exciting and has a lot of potential for industry. It’s also one of the most eye catching technologies around at the moment and ideal for capturing a young person’s imagination. This summer, we’re on a quest to prove its value and demonstrate its amazing potential.”

CarFest follows a busy few months, during which Renishaw’s additive manufacturing specialists presented the 3D printed bike at VentureFest, a 1-day event showcasing Bristol and Bath’s most innovative companies and start-ups. Another stop in Renishaw’s festival programme this summer was 3D Kernow, a 1-month-long 3D printing pop-up demonstration centre in Falmouth, which started on June 8th.

Ewing continues: “The increasing number of events focussing on 3D printing is very encouraging. It’s solid proof that the technology has excellent potential for different applications including manufacturing, medical, aerospace, and automotive.”

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