Two innovative UK manufacturing companies have revealed a Joint Venture called Q5D Technology to launch a disruptive new technology that could change the way products from white goods to cars and aircraft are manufactured.
Most of the products that we use today are built by machine, but one part eludes automation: the wiring. This is still done by hand, in distant factories, where nimble fingered workers create wiring looms on peg boards. These are then shipped and fitted, again by hand, into the car or other product. It is expensive, inflexible and time consuming.
CEL-UK Limited is an engineering firm based in Portishead near Bristol. It is expert in the design of equipment for mass manufacture, making and selling 3D printers under the Robox® brand. Chris Elsworthy the Managing Director explains: “By combining existing technologies we are making a new breed of machine able to create polymer parts with embedded wiring and electronics of any shape that can an assembled autonomously as part of the manufacturing process”
Oxfordshire-based M-Solv Limited is a high-technology company which makes machine tools for the rapidly growing printed electronics market. “This new technology will be able to make lighter, cheaper, more complex components that will enable engineers to go from concept to product much more quickly” explains Phil Rumsby its Managing Director.
Stephen Bennington of Krino Partners Limited, which provides advice on fund-raising, business plans, intellectual property and marketing analysis to start-ups and growing companies said: “These two companies each have unique technology as well as the depth of experience and access to the markets that will ensure that this new venture will be a success”.