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How 3D printing is helping to tackle Covid-19

Posted on: May 14th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

Advances in 3D printing have been radically transforming manufacturing and revolutionising so many sectors. The benefits of 3D printing are huge, and now, as we fight a pandemic, everyone that does have access to a 3D printer maybe able to help in some way or make some kind of contribution.

There are many 3D-printing communities, like universities or other places of education, and manufacturing companies, that are working to help fight Covid-19. Their help is very important as we see a shortage of medical supplies all around the world.

Manufacturers and 3D printing companies all across the globe are switching from their usual line of business to produce equipment for the medical professionals that need them. Things like face masks or face shields, 3D printed nasal swabs, hand-free door openers and emergency replacement respirator valves.

Manchester Metrology Ltd has been helping with the fight against Covid-19 as well. We have been running the Markforged 2 3D printer around the clock to produce visors for the NHS and the Snapmaker 2 3D printer to print visors for local companies in need, which we have distributed free of charge.

Manchester Metrology Ltd is a leading supplier of metrology equipment including 3D scanners, 3D trackers and 3D printers. Manchester Metrology has 4 top of the range 3D printers available to hire or use as a service – these include Project 460 Plus, Figure 4, Fabpro 1000 and Markforged 2.

We have available the Snapmaker 3D printer. With its 3-in-1 software, it allows your creations to be just a few clicks away. The Snapmaker software updates regularly with new features to enable users to have the best possible experience when using it.

It operates at very high precision and with its ‘all metal build’ frame allowing very high quality prints. It is the perfect choice for rapid prototyping. See it in action here.

For more information please call us on 0161 637 8744.

Our 3D printers running 24-7 in the fight against Covid-19

Posted on: May 1st, 2020 by Steven No Comments

Manchester Metrology has been running the Markforged 2 3D printer around the clock, to produce visors for the NHS free of charge.

The Markforged 2 is a 3D printer for serious engineering and manufacturing applications. This is the first 3D printer in the world capable of printing composite materials with a heat deflection temperature of 140°C.

So, in addition to being able to reinforce nylon parts with continuous strands of carbon fibre, you can now reinforce parts with high-temperature materials like polycarbonate.

With Manchester Metrology, 3D scanning and printing has never been more accessible.

What is reverse engineering and how does it work?

Posted on: April 22nd, 2020 by Steven No Comments

Reverse engineering is a process in which software or products are deconstructed to extract design information from them.

This is useful because over the years, manufacturers have developed a long list of machine products and parts for these machines. When one of these parts breaks or needs replacing, people want to avoid replacing the whole thing and replace only the part they need instead. With reverse engineering you can work with sophisticated equipment and it allows you to determine how a certain part was designed and recreate it. Companies sometimes use this when looking to replace a part as to go to the original manufacturer is no longer an option.

The reverse engineering process is named this way because it involves working backwards on a product, to rediscover certain functions and bring them up to date. In some situations, reverse engineering might be the only solution to obtain the original product design. The challenge in this is that you will, most likely, have very limited knowledge of how the product was built in the first place.

It is useful as well to help connect the old and the new. By dismantling an old piece of equipment that has functions which are no longer used, reverse engineering allows manufacturers to work with products which are in some cases 20 or 30 years old, with the original 2D drawing no longer being available.

Manchester Metrology Ltd offers a Reverse Engineering service to produce true to form 3D data in .stl file formats. We are pioneers and innovators of metrology offering specialist contract measurement services using the latest metrology technology and equipment. Offering support across the UK and worldwide our attention to detail and helpful attitude towards our customers are among the many positive attributes which distinguish the company as a benchmark metrology company.

Manchester Metrology Ltd is a leading supplier of metrology equipment including 3D scanners, 3D trackers and 3D printers. Manchester Metrology has 4 top of the range 3D printers available to hire or use as a service – these include Project 460 Plus, Figure 4, Fabpro 1000 and Markforged 2.

Manchester Metrology Ltd also supplies a new generation of scanners. The HandySCAN BLACK™ | Elite hand-held scanners continue to be the reference stand in professional, metrology grade portable 3D scanning. Now in its 3rd generation, the new HandySCAN BLACK™ | Elite has been optimized to meet the needs of design, manufacturing and metrology professionals looking for the most effective and reliable way to acquire 3D measurements of physical objects anywhere.

You can read more about all our products and services here, or please call us on 0161 637 8744.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Latest update

Posted on: April 9th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

We understand the uncertainty this unprecedented time might be causing, however we remain focused on supporting all of our customers wherever they may be.

YES, WE ARE OPEN!

Manchester Metrology Ltd is accepting and processing orders. Our Customer Service and Technical teams are available to assist you. Please bear with us as phone calls and emails may be answered with reduced capacity.

We would like to assure our customers and suppliers that we are still open for business and operating as usual at this very difficult time.  But like many other businesses we are making changes to the way we work to minimise and contain any risk of contagion, following guidance and advice from the government. Our dedicated team is working as efficiently as possible to provide you with the service and equipment that you require.

At present we have no plans to enforce a company shutdown, but we will of course adhere to any advice from the UK government or the local authority. In the event of an enforced shutdown our customers will be notified as soon as possible.

Please find below a list of key contacts, email addresses and telephone numbers.


General Manager:     Steven Richardson   steven@manchester-metrology.co.uk      0161 637 8744

Health and Safety

As always, our highest priority is to ensure the health and safety of our employees. We are following all advice from the UK Government and we have implemented a range of measures to ensure the welfare of employees and communities.

We have taken in-house preventative measures including stringent cleaning and disinfecting measures in our facilities.

Keeping our colleagues safe and well and respecting stringent social distancing requirements is our number one priority.  We are also protecting those that must work on-site by reducing the number of people in the building and by encouraging working from home where that is possible.

Snapmaker -3D Printing, Laser Engraving and Cutting, CNC Carving all in one!

Posted on: April 1st, 2020 by Steven No Comments

New from Manchester Metrology Ltd is the revolutionary Snapmaker, the modular 3-in-1 3D printer that allows you to unlock your full creative potential from 3D printing to laser engraving, cutting and CNC carving.

The Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D printer will come with everything you need to start your maker journey including:
• CNC carving & cutting module
• Laser engraving module
• 3D printing module
• Heated bed
• Touchscreen
• PLA filament

3D Printing

The Snapmaker allows you to print almost anything for your creative projects from applications to objects with specific mechanical properties such as toughness, durability and flexibility.

Laser Engraving & Cutting

The Snapmaker can engrave or cut a wide variety of materials including paper, plywood, leather, acrylic, cardboard, paper and fabric.

CNC Carving

CNC carving is normally associated with precisely carving or cutting hard materials but with Snapmaker there will be no limitation with the options of plastic or soft materials such as hardwood, PCB, Acrylic, POM, Carbon fibre sheet and many other materials.

Free 3-in-1 Software

With the 3-in-1 software, your stunning creation is just a few clicks away, which allows entry level users to complete the work quickly. The Snapmaker updates regularly with new features to enable users to have the best possible experience when using it.

The Snapmaker has high precision with its all metal build as the all metal frame allows high quality prints. Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D printer is the perfect choice for rapid prototyping.

More about Manchester Metrology Ltd

Manchester Metrology is a market leader in the inspection of engineered components, offering metrology support throughout the UK and worldwide for both indoor and outdoor 3D measurements. Manchester Metrology offers laser scanner equipment hire, stocking a wide range of calibrated measurement equipment including 3D scanners, 3D printers, laser trackers and portable CMM’s. Manchester Metrology has 4 top of the range 3D printers available to hire or use as a service – these include Project 460 Plus, Figure 4, Fabpro 1000 and Markforged 2.

In addition, Manchester Metrology also has a vast range of probes, mounting options and accessories for your metrology equipment and offers both onsite and offsite training on a variety of the latest software such as Faro CAM2, Polyworks, Geomagic, Aberlink and PowerInspect.

For more information on Manchester Metrology, its products and services please call us on 0161 637 8744.

3D Printing: Breaking New Barriers in World Medicine

Posted on: March 16th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

3D printing is revolutionizing so many sectors – here, we take a look at the huge changes being brought globally by 3D technology in the field of medicine, where computer-generated design is resulting in 3D objects that are really changing lives at the front line of medicine, to the extent that healthcare is the field set to drive the huge growth of 3D printing technology going forwards.

In the Netherlands, surgeons have already been able to replace the entire top section of a patient’s skull using a customized printed polymer implant; similar replacement cranium parts have also been employed in other countries, with FDA approval.

3D printing is being used to manufacture expensive or otherwise unavailable essential medical equipment in the developing world – in Haiti, for example, umbilical chord clamps are already being 3D printed for hospitals. In fact, 3D printing’s finest moment could be in significantly reducing health inequalities worldwide.

Did you know that even blood vessels can be 3D printed? Researchers at Harvard University designed a 3D printer that uses dissolving ink to create tissue with skin cells interwoven with structural material that can potentially function as blood vessels.

Making prosthetics is notoriously expensive and time-consuming, with the added difficulty that any required modifications to the prosthetic render the original molds useless. But researchers in Toronto have now used 3D printing technology to produce inexpensive and customizable prosthetic sockets for patients in Uganda and other countries in the developing world. Meanwhile, a California-based R&D company has used 3D printers in Sudan, training local people to operate the equipment then create and fit inexpensive prosthetics.

Researchers at Cornell University have 3D printed intervertebral discs used in the treatment of patients with major spinal complications, having already created ear molds using 3D photos of real ears, which held the shape of the ear while cells grew their extra-cellular matrix. Meanwhile, a team at Princeton have 3D printed a collagen ear with built-in electronic components.

In the field of drug distribution, University of Glasgow researchers are working on a 3D printer that will be able to assemble chemical compounds at the molecular level, allowing patients to buy a blueprint and chemical ink online and then print the drug at home.

In the USA, the epilepsy drug Spritam became the world’s first FDA-approved 3D-printed pill, notable also for its alternate layers of powder and liquid giving it a very fast dissolution rate which was unattainable through conventional manufacturing.

At Nottingham University, meanwhile, researchers have been able to 3D-print one ‘polypill’ containing five different drugs.

Blueprints or apps could now be the future of drug distribution, with pharmacies becoming 3D printing medicine hubs.

Manchester Metrology is a market leader in the inspection of engineered components, offering metrology support throughout the UK and worldwide for both indoor and outdoor 3D measurements. Manchester Metrology offers laser scanner equipment hire, stocking a wide range of calibrated measurement equipment.

In addition, Manchester Metrology also has a vast range of probes, mounting options and accessories for your metrology equipment and offers both onsite and offsite training on a variety of the latest software such as CAM2, Measure 10, Polyworks, Geomagic, Aberlink, Declam and PowerInspect.

Manchester Metrology’s Snapmaker has a 3-in-1 software which allows your stunning creation to be just a few clicks away. Helps entry level users to complete the work quickly. The Snapmaker updates regularly with new features to enable users have great experience on using it. See it in action here.

For more information please call us on 0161 637 8744.

Measure Anything Event 2020

Posted on: March 4th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

A 4th Measure Anything Event is coming up and once again Manchester Metrology is proud to be co-hosting it alongside many other Metrology companies. This year we are working together with PolyWorks, Wenzel, Reflecon, Peli, GTMA, Bruker alicona, Optimax, 3D Systems, Measurement Solutions and Aberlink to bring to you a fantastic networking opportunity. This event will be at the Etihad Stadium (Manchester City Football Ground) on the 4th of June 2020.

Register today and join us at the event to chat with industry experts about top of the range equipment. Live demonstrations and complimentary refreshments will be available.

The Engineering Solutions Live Show

Posted on: February 4th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

Manchester Metrology Limited will be exhibiting at the Engineering Solutions Live Show at the British Motor Museum on 12th March.

Come visit us on stand 107, we look forward to seeing you there!

When: Thursday, 12th March 2020

Where: The British Motor Museum

Stand: 107

Register today here!

New Corporate Video

Posted on: January 13th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

Manchester Metrology has created a new corporate video. It shows the range of Inspection Services that we offer to a variety of industries. We offer scanning, reverse engineering, cmm inspection services and heavily invest in new technology. View the video to see our portable inspection equipment in action.

New brochure from Manchester Metrology

Posted on: January 6th, 2020 by Steven No Comments

The team at Manchester Metrology would like to wish all our customers a very prosperous 2020. We have produced a new brochure listing all our sub-contract measurement services with a full list of accessories, equipment for sale and hire, the software and training we provide, our 3D Printing services and lots of other information which we hope you will find useful.  Click on this link to view. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the team on 0161 637 8744. We look forward to working with you in the new year ahead.