Digital Manufacturing Centre at Silverstone Park moves closer to completion

KWSP Digital Manufacturing Centre

High performance engineering and additive manufacturing specialists K W Special Projects (KWSP) has completed a significant step towards the development of the new Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC) opening at Silverstone Park in autumn 2020 through the acquisition of a range of additive manufacturing machines.

The DMC is forecast to generate £9 million additional economic value for the area. The project is led by KWSP which secured funding from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) for the 1,657 sq m facility.

The new machines which include an RPS NEO800 and a Stratasys F900 Pro will be operational at KWSP’s HQ in Bicester from mid-December before their relocation to the DMC once opened.

The recent acquisitions are a significant step towards the opening of the DMC which will also include the selection of a range of metallic additive machines.

Stuart Banyard, head of advanced manufacturing at KWSP, said: “The opportunities and benefits this increase in capability will offer our current customers and future customers and partners of the DMC  are substantial. With a background in motorsport and high-performance engineering, we have extensive relevant experience in the applications of AM which will enable our clients to gain the optimum benefits of all aspects of the processes on offer at the DMC.

“We’re looking forward to putting our increased capabilities and capacity to good use in the very near future, building up a quicker response time and rapid results for clients across a wide range of industry sectors.”

The centre will act as a technology innovation hub, providing access to digital manufacturing capability including a range of additive manufacturing technologies while also allowing SMEs to access knowledge and advice by encouraging an eco-system in digital manufacturing. High-quality incubation space suitable for high-performance technology start-ups in additive are also benefits of the new facility.

The KWSP Digital Manufacturing Centre is an example of the recent priorities announced by SEMLEP through its Local Industrial Strategy. The facility will enhance the knowledge sharing capabilities of the Silverstone Technology area – encouraging the growth and commercialisation of innovation.