The advanced manufacturing innovation district will grow from the existing University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Catcliffe, and the wider Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley.
At the two-day event more than 500 people will attend a manufacturers’ dinner on June 24. And there will be a conference, with more than 1,000 delegates, and all-day exhibition with up to 120 stands – double that of last year – at the AMRC training centre on June 25.
The convention began in 1995 and has attracted some of the biggest and most recognisable names from across the globe, including Dr Henry Kissinger, Mikhail Gorbachev, Neil Armstrong, Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu.
The planning department of Sheffield Council has voted and plans are now approved for Factory 2050, a state of the art, £43m development that will ensure Sheffield city region continues to lead on the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing.
Instead, the workshop contains the technology needed to revolutionise the way thousands of people with facial disfigurements are treated every year.
Tom’s firm Fripp Design, based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Catcliffe, Rotherham, has devised a 3D printing method which can make prosthetic facial features for as little as £150 – making the process cheaper, quicker and more accurate.