Yorkshire manufacturer creates the shape of things to come in 3D printing

A Yorkshire manufacturer is driving forward the UK’s adoption of 3D printing and additive manufacturing with the launch of new robotic blasting technology.

Skipton-based Guyson International is unveiling the ‘Guyson PRS’, a robotically controlled finishing station and powder recovery system at the 3D industry’s UK trade show, TCT, in Birmingham this month.

Jimmy Thomson Business Development Manager and Mark Viner M Blast Wash Division Guyson (2)

A global leader in surface finishing equipment and known for its design and manufacture of blast finishing, spray wash and ultrasonic cleaning equipment, Guyson is now carving a niche in the 3D and additive manufacturing (AM) industry producing blast cabinets to facilitate production of 3D components in the aerospace, medical implant and automotive sectors.

Additive manufacturing or ‘AM’ describes the technologies that build 3D objects by layering materials such as plastic, metal or ceramic. Reading data from a CAD file, AM equipment adds successive layers of liquid, powder or sheet material to fabricate a 3D object. Its applications range from creating lightweight parts for the aerospace industry to 3D printed titanium hip replacements.

Mark Viner, who was appointed managing director of the Guyson Blast & Wash Division in April, is leading the 10-strong team into the expanding market of additive manufacturing, which he says, is already responsible for 20% of the company’s machine sales.

“The AM market is growing rapidly and we are growing with it. It’s a form of manufacturing that has been developing in the background for the last 20 years but over the last five, we have seen an acceleration in demand for products which facilitate fast, efficient and cost effective additive manufacture,” he explains.