Wiltshire College are launching a new 3D Enterprise Centre on the 5th November. The 3D Enterprise Centr will be located in Lackham House set in the idyllic surroundings of the Lackham campus of Wiltshire College.
The 3D Enterprise Centre will service the product design and engineering communities of Swindon and Wiltshire by providing SME and micro businesses with access to world class CAD CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture) tools and rapid prototyping (3D printing) with full technician support. This will enable businesses to fast track their product development and bring innovative product concepts to market creating wealth and jobs to the area.
The 3D Enterprise Centre has been set up with leading industry partners including NT CADCAM distributors of the market leading Solidworks CAD (Computer Aided Design) package. The 3D Enterprise Centre has benefited from funding from Wiltshire Council via The Enterprise Network .
The 3D Enterprise Centre has a business lounge that will be available for members to drop in to for informal meetings and the full conference facilities in Lackham House will also be available.
Ian Weston from NT CADCAM has been involved with the team at the EIN–SW and Wiltshire College for some time now as both a supplier of SOLIDWORKS and a business partner fulfilling consultancy. When both parties got together and developed the idea of the CAD centre we were delighted to be asked to get involved. The centre offers help to both businesses and self-employed people throughout Wiltshire. These organisations need support to help get ideas off the ground and thus far there’s been nowhere to go and find it. Already we’ve seen award winning ideas receive support and encouragement during the pre-launch phase which signals it’ll be very successful
NT CADCAM will provide parallel marketing activity to help fulfill the centres visitor requirements. We are regularly talking to young designers and SMEs who need access to design software and 3D printing until they’ve built up enough funds to purchase their own, so these people will be referred for assistance.
We’ve also agreed to provide technical resource and we have experts in each version of the software being used. These people are available to help clients to the centre with the more specific and exacting requirements often found in advanced product design. Throughout the year we’ll be putting on technical briefing session on specifics such as Simulation, Electrical Design and Engineering Communications. This way we’ll be helping to educate outside the CAD arena??
The 3D Enterprise Centre has received funding from “The Enterprise Network Swindon and Wiltshire”;www.theenterprisenetwork.co.ukas part of a £1m investment to help business centres develop their own facilities for start-up rural businesses.
The Enterprise Network a £5.2m initiative led by Wiltshire Council with Government and EU funding, is nurturing new and growing small and micro businesses by supporting them right from the first ‘light bulb’ moment. It has already opened four of its own Enterprise Centres in Wiltshire offering affordable offices, meeting rooms, co-working and networking opportunities alongside free, impartial, business advice.
The 3D Enterprise Centre is open on 5th November 2014 between 10am until 3pm; following a short official opening ceremony between 10 – 10.30am attendees will be invited to discuss the opportunities available and visit the new facilities.