Factum also aims to provide economic, social and environmental benefits. The ability to decentralise manufacturing capabilities using High Speed Sintering (HSS) will benefit the UK economy by providing a viable alternative to ‘off-shoring’. HSS will require low initial investment and no significant changes to factory design and therefore manufacturers and AM bureaux in the UK are predicted to benefit from the commercial success of the project and growth of AM part production.
The success of HSS in production of parts will help the transfer of manufacturing back to the UK from overseas. The project also seeks to retain high value R&D activities in the UK where there has already been substantial investment by the UK taxpayer.
HSS enables 100% powder recycling reducing energy usage and carbon emissions embodied in products made. The transformation of existing supply chains to decentralised manufacture is estimated (based on figures in the TSB Feasibility Study Report: TP/7/6/5/N0036A. Novel Supply Chains for complex liquid products reducing emissions, waste and water use) to have the ability to reduce carbon dioxide and the associated social and environmental costs of transport by up to 25%