The metal framework has started going up on a state-of-the-art centre for 3D printing specialists Photocentric in Titan Drive, in Fengate.
The triple Queen’s Award winning company is investing £1.8 million in the centre.
Paul Holt, managing director of Photocentric, said: “Due to the rapid scaling of our business, it has become apparent that we needed to create a high-tech manufacturing facility that would become the world’s first centre to digitally mass manufacture parts.”
The 5,500sqm centre of excellence will feature 1,275sqm for three state-of-the-art print farms for industrial parts, dental aligners and ceramics plus 1,400sqm for 3D hardware production facility as well as a 25-desk sales and service office.
Mr Holt said: “No other facility like our centre of excellence exists in the world.
“Uniquely it will make the resins for printing, then make 3D printers, then make the 3D printed parts, recycling part of the plastic back in the process, all in one building.”