Progression in these technologies brings opportunity for new innovation. Companies can now design for AM to complement traditional processes, triggering a great shift in its use especially within aerospace, medical, transportation, energy and consumer products.
In the 2017 Made Smarter UK review it was revealed that faster innovation and adoption of Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs) could spark an incredibly positive impact:
- An additional £455 billion for UK manufacturing over the next decade
- A 5–3% boost to sector growth yearly
- Creation of 175,000 jobs throughout the economy
The Made Smarter Innovation Network endeavours to support this future success. Our ambition is to help UK manufacturing be more productive, competitive and sustainable – specifically via a powerful ecosystem of innovative IDT providers being developed across a variety of leading-edge technologies.