Third Queen’s Award for Peterborough 3D printing specialists Photocentric

An innovative Peterborough company has just won its third Queen’s Award

By Paul Grinnell
Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 8:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 9:30 am
The presentation of Photocentric's first Queen's Award in 2016 - Sir Hugh Duberly, the Lord Lt of Cambs with Amanda Keating, production director, Paul Holt (MD), Agustin Soriano, marketing director and Sally Tipping, sales director. 60726-084627009

3D printing specialists Photocentric, based in Oxney Road, have received the royal honour for Innovation for its work in the use of LCD screens to make fast, affordable 3D printers.

The company won its first Queen’s Award in 2016, receiving the Innovation award in recognition of its innovative Imagepac product, which was a patented package of photopolymer enabling a simpler and cheaper manufacture of stamps.

Its second Queen’s Award was presented in 2018 in tribute to its International Trade for its outstanding three-year growth in overseas sales.

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Founder Paul Holt said: “This is the most prestigious award for UK business, it has been given to us in recognition of the Innovation Photocentric has achieved in creating LCD based 3D printing.

“This method of 3D printing, developed by us nearly six years ago, has started to change the way manufacturing takes place.

“There is no better example than the way we have recently used LC Magna printers to manufacture thousands of protective face shields every day on a scale unequalled by other methods of 3D printing.”

The company was recently awarded £1.8 million of funding from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority towards the cost of building a 3D printing centre of excellence in the UK, which could create 560 jobs.