The Advanced Prototyping Facility (APF) project, provided by Aston University, is the ultimate solution for businesses looking to explore the opportunities provided by additive manufacturing (3D printing) to improve the efficiency of existing designs and develop new products.

Our project offers a wide range of 3D printing methods, capable of additive manufacturing in several materials such as polymers, plastics, ceramics, and metals. Our team of experts and academics provide unparalleled support and guidance to improve designs and create designs for manufacture.

Over the last two years, our project has offered 2076 hours of support and assisted 69 companies from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP). Our achievements have been recognized with multiple awards, such as Engineering Innovation Champion of the Year 2022, Female Innovator 2023 in The Innovation Awards, and Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023 – Finalist. Our project is now expanding into the Shropshire local authority area, further expanding our reach.


What do we offer:

At APF, we offer additive manufacturing/3D printing services, expert advice on design and production of prototypes for new products, and in-depth case studies such as our successful APF support for Sonic Games Limited. Our project has helped Sonic Games Limited in their development of their latest puzzle, looking at the design for manufacture and the production of prototype parts.

Case study, APF support for Sonic Games Limited

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and is available to SMEs in the Shropshire local authority area, bound by Minimum Financial Assistance (MFA) rules, regulations, and eligibility criteria.


Find out more:

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