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AddQual speeds to market with ENSCITE support


iHub at Infinity Park, Derby


Ben Anderson (pictured), Managing Director AddQual Ltd talks to us about how a University of Derby run project, Enscite, has increased their rate of growth by opening doors to state of the art facilities, a network of funding sources and knowledgeable resource.


The Company AddQual Ltd is an early-stage manufacturing services company based in The iHub at Infinity Park, Derby.


What they do The company provides a range of supportive and consultancy services for aerospace product manufacturers and are also undertaking R&D activities to develop a process for the verification and qualification of component quality.


The Challenge The company has identified a lack of robust standards and procedures associated with additive manufacturing of components for aerospace. In response to this need they are developing an innovative end-to-end service that will verify and qualify components produced using additive manufacturing and other rapid forming methods. The service will consider both material and dimensional quality and aims to be faster and more comprehensive than today’s offerings.


As well as enabling customers to deliver components with the relevant quality assurance required for aerospace, the service will also meet medical, energy, automotive and rail requirements.


The company knows that setting up the full end-to-end service will require time and significant investment. To achieve this transition AddQual Ltd has developed a staged investment plan. To accelerate progress against the plan AddQual needed to obtain additional funding to spread the investment further and to tap into local expertise to support the R&D work.


The Solution Support from Enscite & the University of Derby was provided to observe and understand the process involved in making specific geometries/components and to assess the resulting risks and product quality. During this project additive manufacturing was used to create a range of demonstrator components to generate risks, opportunities and data.


These demonstrators enabled us to prove our process and the testing data confirmed our product offer and the added value created. The grant funding also supported us to purchase software needed and to purchase a 3D printer to aid the development and and method for acquiring the data.


The Outcome Through the University of Derby we were signposted to further funding to continue our growth. We have accessed funding and support from the Enscite project, the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund and from East Midlands Chamber.


The Enscite project has enabled us to develop at a faster rate than would have been achievable without their support. With them we have; accessed state of the art facilities, moved from concept to product demonstrators, established the value of the product to potential customers, accessed a network of funding sources and we are now working with an intern student who is helping establish our quality systems to help us achieve Aerospace standards. AddQual is currently on plan to start offering the service to external projects at the start of Q2 2018, starting with products from the Aerospace and Medical sectors.


Ben Anderson, Managing Director AddQual Ltd


ENSCITE is a support


organisation for companies in the transport equipment


manufacturing supply chain. They offer a range of expert


and holistic support services to help SMEs win and grow business in the aerospace,


automotive and rail sectors. To find out more:


Tel: 0800 0015500 Email: businesshub@derby.ac.uk business network June 2018 57


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