Angus 3D Solutions Limited, an Additive Manufacturing startup based in Brechin, Angus, UK, has received a £39,000 Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant from Scottish Enterprise. The funding is expected to help drive the startup’s three-year growth plan.
This funding announcement follows the startup’s growth last year, which was made possible by a grant from Zero Waste Scotland in 2018 to purchase a Markforged Metal X system. According to Andy Simpson, Managing Director of Angus 3D, this latest grant will allow a second employee to join the company, in order to increase work supporting the circular economy in North-East Scotland by enabling rapid prototyping and the remanufacture of parts to keep machines in use.
The grant will also reportedly enable the startup to add bespoke carbon fibre manufacture and vacuum-forming services to its list of AM capabilities. Angus 3D explains that its premises at Brechin Business Centre will be expanded to incorporate its new equipment and services by expanding to a third unit.
“I’ve been talking about the huge opportunity the circular economy offers the manufacturing and oil and gas sectors for years now,” stated Simpson. “Its ability to save on costs as well as time and materials is huge but still in the early stages of being exploited here, so it’s great to have backing from Scottish Enterprise and Angus Council to pursue realising that opportunity.”
Jane Martin, Managing Director of Business Services and Advice at Scottish Enterprise, commented, “Angus 3D Solutions is a great example of how entrepreneurial talent, skills and ideas can create a growing business and new jobs. With our support, Andy will be able to expand his operations and take full advantage of circular economy opportunities in the North East of Scotland.”