As part of the prize, Photocentric is also the recipient of £5,000 courtesy of Magna International. The company triumphed with the new technology behind its 3D printer, which operates on daylight sensitive resin, creating the highest definition objects. The technology uses visible light instead of UV to harden the polymer making custom objects. The printer simultaneously exposes a layer, allowing the possibility of screens of up to 98" to be used. This allows industrial items to be printed quickly, at low cost and large volume, to start the era of functional custom-made parts.
Paul Holt, managing director at Photocentric, said: “Photocentric is delighted to receive this significant recognition from Magna International. The award for Enabling Innovation for our disruptive new type of 3D printer is a great honour. We exhibited at Advanced Engineering thanks to Magna's support in providing space on their Enabling Innovation stand. It proved a great success for us.
“We have invented a new technology for 3D printing using visible light emitted from LCD screens as the image generation source. Our intention is to widen the use of 3D printing by producing a range of much more productive printers, creating functional items at lower cost. We plan to make a massive 4-cubic metre build volume printer for industrial parts and look forward to the day when 3D printing can be used by companies such as Magna to make custom parts for use, rather than just prototyping.”