About us

About us

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM), is here to accelerate the uptake of additive manufacturing (AM) by developing the technology and systems required to address the key challenges within the AM value chain.

As part of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), we’re also proud to be home to The European Space Agency (ESA) AM Benchmarking Centre.

Our facilities provide a fantastic environment for the development and demonstration of additive manufacturing solutions on an industrial scale, offering flexibility to our growing membership, research partners and clients. 

We recognise that additive manufacturing (AM) is a rapidly growing technology, with global sales in excess of £6bn in 2017, growing to £20bn by 2022. Significant market growth is expected to continue as AM processes enable economic component production with efficient use of materials and vastly increased design freedom, compared to traditional subtractive processes.

With initial funding from the Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK, the NCAM will support the effective exploitation of all AM processes, by bridging the gap between market requirements and process reality. The centre provides a unique facility enabling companies to assess and develop the end-to-end capability of AM processes, from powder production to fully finished high integrity components, in a risk free, independent environment.

Vision of the National Centre

Our aim is to rapidly commercialise AM for the UK HVM sector by developing the technology and systems required to address the key challenges within the AM value chain.

DEVELOP A ROBUST UK ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SUPPLY CHAIN:

  • Offer the UK supply chain a one-stop-shop to develop AM capability
  • Demonstrate the latest advances in the entire AM process capability
  • Deliver solutions across the entire additive manufacturing process chain, from improvements to a particular bottleneck, through to delivery of digitally enabled AM production systems

DEVELOP BEST IN CLASS AM PROCESS CHAIN TECHNOLOGY:

  • Provide an industrial scale demonstration facility and expert knowledge for AM technology providers to develop, test, and validate their innovations including materials, software and hardware
  • Minimise potential disconnect between service/ technology providers and AM users

IMPROVE THE UPTAKE OF AM BY UK PLC:

Build confidence in additive manufacturing by

  • Being central to standards and certification development for every aspect of the AM process
  • Improving awareness and education of AM
  • Creating a collaborative, independent environment
  • Helping companies explore new and disruptive business opportunities