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18 November 2015 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Manufacturing Technology

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Manufacturing Technology Award Winner 2015

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Picsima – The world’s first 3D printer of silicone
Fripp Design and Research

Picsima is a breakthrough technology in 3D printing. It’s the first 3D printer capable of 3D printing commercial grade silicone i.e. approved for use in industry/medical applications.

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Picsima simply creates the geometry in 3D saving time, money; allowing for the creation of new geometrical parts that cannot be moulded.


The judging panel commented:

"The judges were impressed with this exciting and well-presented submission which identified innovation at the highest level.

"As a patentable product this use of 3D printing has potential to revolutionise the medical market and create commercial benefits across all sectors."



Also shortlisted:

Smart bio-sensing clothing

Currently, fabric-embedded biometric-sensors require tight contact targeting the high-end sport community.

Our patented fabric-embedded biometric-sensor (provides continuous measure of heart-beat rhythm, breathing, oxymetry and blood-pressure) is touch-less device targeting the entire community.  Our sensor can also sense and record voice signals

It does not have any electrical contact, therefore can be used in a wet environment without degradation in performance.

Bar Ilan University and FabriXense

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An automated radio-frequency scanner for non-destructive testing of carbon composites

A portable automated scanner for non-destructive testing of Carbon-Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) composites has been developed (Comp-Health system).

The functional system is equipped with an array of newly developed Radio-Frequency coupled spiral inductive sensors which allows the measurement of defect size and location for planar as well as curved CFRP structures.

Comp-Health Consortium: ETS Sistemi Industriali srl, Brunel University London, Warsaw University of Technology, National Technical University of Athens, ATARD a.s., UAB Elmika, Kingston Computer Consultancy Ltd and Nemetschek ood

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NC-PerfectPart: The future is error-free machining

NC-PerfectPart is innovative software revolutionising the way many industries make production parts. It eliminates errors from every stage of the manufacturing process.

It first checks the machine tool is capable of machining the part to tolerance. It then automates part alignment, compensating for misalignment, fixturing and part distortion.

Metrology Software Products Ltd

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Drytainer utilises Munters tried and tested desiccant technology, used in over 300,000 installations worldwide, to give owners and transport companies greater fleet availability and turnaround times.

Hauliers can move goods safely in the knowledge materials are being protected in a high quality dry environment.

Munters Ltd

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Manufacturing Technology information



Category scope

Entries to the Manufacturing Technology category are welcomed from manufacturing companies of any size, whether independently owned or as part of a larger organisation.

Nominees may choose to showcase innovation within products brought to market within the last five years, or processes within the plant where potential has been realised.

Entries can range from research concepts and ideas to technical issues and industrial applications, and are encouraged from, but not limited to, the themes and topics in the following areas:


  • Innovative use of automation to improve aspects such as
    • Quality / consistency
    • Cost reduction
    • Energy efficiency
    • Reduction in pollutants
    • Flexible / agile production
    • Market response / customisation
    • End of life re-use
  • Innovative use of emerging technologies
    • Additive manufacturing/3D printing
    • Printed electronics
    • Ubiquitous sensors
  • Innovative use of metrology and non-destructive testing
  • Innovative use of lasers for high integrity fabrication laser cladding or non-conventional machining
  • Innovative use of adaptive tooling and fixturing
  • New processes for metal removal or innovative applications of conventional CNC machining centres
  • Innovative use of materials e.g. genetic material & bio scaffolding
  • Innovative integration of design and manufacturing objectives
  • Innovation within the supply chain, e.g.
    • Development of clusters
    • Shared innovation programmes with suppliers
    • IP Protection