Silesia brings in most modern 3D printing technology in the world
A new 3D printing incubator in Poland will bring the latest technology to local businesses and support innovation across a range of sectors.
With the spread of the coronavirus in recent months, 3D printers have been used to produce face shields for healthcare workers, including in Poland.
Now Poland’s 3D printing capacities will be boosted by the new cluster of 3D printers being built in Wrocław, in the south-west of the country.
Crucially, it will be open to a range of businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
“It is precisely thanks to these kinds of places that personal protective equipment, such as protective helmets, or even parts of hospital respirators used to save lives, which were very much needed in the fight against the epidemic, were created,” said Cezary Przybylski, marshal of the region of Lower Silesia, where the project will be located.
The 3D Printing Incubator is being built by the Lower Silesian Innovation and Science Park. The investment is worth over 24 million złoty (5.4 million euros), 15 million of which will come from EU funds.
“We were looking for an innovative project for Lower Silesia and our research indicated that technology associated with 3D printing is promising, future-proof and innovative,” said the Park’s CEO Sebastian Kącki.
The incubator, which is expected to open at the start of 2021, will be a place for businesspeople to develop or improve their products.
It will be especially useful for SMEs that cannot afford a whole set of 3D printing devices of their own.
A J720 Dental machine produced by American manufacturer of 3D printers Stratasys has just been installed at the site.
The cutting-edge device, which can be used for full-colour printing using multiple materials, can be used to create sophisticated models used in dentistry, such as an anatomical model of a human head.
The project is expected to spur on innovation in the region and help Polish entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life.
“I am convinced that cooperation between the science and business sectors will create a new development impulse for many other industries, resulting be economic development and new jobs,” Przybylski said.