Business Services

PrintCity offers a range of commercial services to businesses, from research and development, to mould making and small-scale production.

We work with companies, whether they be local SMEs or global multinational businesses, to bring even the most ambitious ideas to life. We also have strong links to the Greater Manchester Business Growth Company, enabling us to further support SMEs across the region.

When you work with PrintCity you will not only have access to our extensive range of 3D printing and additive manufacturing facilities, you will be working with a multidisciplinary team of experts with extensive experience in 3D printing, manufacturing, project management and more.

Within the University, we can draw upon the knowledge of colleagues with a range of specialisms, from engineering to textiles, to further enhance your work, and our MSc Industrial Digitalisation students have a variety of skills to help support projects.


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Research and Development

Many SMEs cannot afford expensive research and development facilities and other companies may not have research specialists based in-house. PrintCity can provide a wide range of support to address these …

Consultation and Training

Additive and digital manufacturing is an ever-evolving area, with a wide range of new software and hardware on the market. This means purchasing the right equipment can be a daunting …

Small Scale Production

The cost of 3D printing equipment is reducing monthly due to increased competition in the market. Where small-scale production runs were not cost effective a few years ago, they are …

Mould Making

Not all designs will be suitable for additive manufacturing, ‘traditional’ fabrication using moulds might be the way to go. Rapid production moulds can be an expensive and timely investment. However, …

Design Consultancy and Rapid Prototyping

You can quickly turn an idea into a reality by working with our design experts, who utilise the latest Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D print technology. Using these technologies …