Funding secured for Plymouth Science Park’s onsite DREAM project
Teams at Plymouth Science Park are celebrating having secured £500,000 for a new digital engineering test facility.
Backed by the Heart of the South West LEP, the technology will offer businesses a digital engineering test facility for reverse engineering, design, manufacturing and validation of additive manufactured prototypes and products. The DREAM project’s acronym stands for Digital Reverse Engineering And Metallurgy.
‘We are thrilled to have secured this substantial funding, a testament to the Park’s commitment to innovation,’ says Ian McFadzen, CEO at Plymouth Science Park.
‘DREAM will support modern production methods and pioneering technologies, helping to expand our offer to additive manufacturing and engineering companies in the South West and beyond.’
It’s envisaged that the cash injection for the new digital engineering test facility will complement their Advanced Digital Manufacturing Innovation Centre.
The funding comes from the £8 million Digital Investment Programme and has been allocated by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
‘We are proud to support Plymouth Science Park’s visionary DREAM project,’ says Karl Tucker, Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP.
‘The test facility aligns with our mission to drive regional innovation, and is a testament to our region’s potential in shaping the future of engineering.’
The project is being developed in response to the needs of companies across the area. It’s expected the technology will enhance and develop existing skills while improving productivity and supporting the creation of regional jobs.
Procurement of the equipment is underway and should be installed in spring 2024.
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