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London Mayor Publishes Plans for Largest 3D Printing Centre in UK

TCT Magazine reports on a recent publication of plans by the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan: “the UK’s biggest 3D printing centre will be developed as part of a scheme to turn the Thames Estuary region on the English capital into a focal point for the creative and cultural industries.”

This 3D printing centre will be located in Silvertown.  “Khan’s proposal document outlines the potential for a state-of-the-art facility and foundry for manufacturing large-scale artworks and sculptures.  This would include the development of a 3D printing centre.”

“Across London and [southeast England], there is thought to be around 1.3 million currently working in the creative economy.  Over the next ten years, that number is expected to nearly double.  Khan believes rising land values, rents, and the lack of large-scale production spaces threaten the sector’s growth.  His proposal of seven large-scale hubs, submitted to Lord Heseltine, head of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, would theoretically change that.”

This new 3D printing centre is only a small part of Khan’s scheme, however.  He also plans to build “London’s largest film studio complex in Dagenham; a national theater-making studio in Bexley; a home for digital creativity and gaming at the University of Essex, Colchester; and Quartermaster Studios in Purfleet, the UK’s leading proposed independent media production facility.”

Khan’s “industrial strategy was produced in conjunction with the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).  It aims to build on the country’s strengths, while tackling its weaknesses to ensure maximum competitiveness across the world as a creative influence.  It also seeks to drive growth across the country, opening up opportunities for more high-skilled, high-paid jobs.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of TCT Magazine

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