Facilities and Equipment

PrintCity is an extensive additive and digital manufacturing facility, with more than seven types of digital printing technologies and over 40 machines under one roof, as well as scanning facilities and teaching spaces equipped with industry-standard software.

Our large range of facilities enables you to make ideas a reality in a variety of colour resins, fibre-reinforced nylon, metal alloys and full-colour gypsum.

When most people think of 3D printing, they imagine objects built from tiny layers. This process is known as fused filament fabrication and we have a number of printers that carry out this process such as the latest Ultimaker printers that can print in two colours. For a range of different materials including white, black, clear, grey, flexible and high-temperature resins, we are able to print models using stereolithography using printers from Formlabs.

For stronger materials, you can realise your design using our Markforged Onyx and Mark Two printers, that create strong pieces using reinforced nylon, carbon, fibre or fibreglass.

The jewel in our crown is our metal printer, which underlines the investment that Manchester Metropolitan University has put into PrintCity and the importance it affords. This state-of-the-art machine produces working pieces in solid or trabecular surfaced material as opposed to prototypes.

We can print in a variety of sizes from small prints, to 1m x 1mx 0.5m using our biggest printer, the Platform Workbench printer.

As well as print facilities, we also have a scanning and photogrammetry system to capture existing objects for printing, manipulation and refining on software, alongside a separate fully-equipped laboratory to facilitate post-processing techniques. Equipment in the post-production laboratory including a laser welder for metallic parts, micro-motors, burnout furnaces, casting facilities and precision blasters to remove surface irregularities and polish metal parts. For parts that don’t require 3D printing, we have a laser cutter which can cut and etch onto a range of materials to allow multiple, interconnecting sections to fit together.

Our extensive range of facilities means that we can produce a wide spectrum of products, models and prototype for a variety of industries and purposes. As well as accessing our facilities you will also be working with our staff, who have a wealth of knowledge to help you achieve your goals.

You can find out more about our facilities below or book a free consultation with our time to discover how we can bring your ideas to life.

Stereolithography SLA / Digital Light Projection DLP

Stereolithography is a 3D printing process that uses ultraviolet (UV) lasers to draw out each layer of a 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) model into a vat of photopolymer liquid …

Continuous Fiber Fabrication 3D Printers

Continuous Fiber Fabrication printing is a process unique to Markforged. It combines Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) with a second extruder (print head) that deposits a continuous strand of reinforcing material, …

Fused Filament Fabrication 3D Printers

PrintCity has 30 Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM*) printers. These adaptable printers enable production using low-cost materials, with a wide range of colour and polymer options. …

Metal 3D Printers

PrintCity is the first facility of its type in the UK to house the new Metal X printer, which is capable of printing high-resolution metal parts. Currently, the printer uses …