Stage One invests in 3D printing start-up

Stage One invests in 3D printing start-up

Creative construction and manufacturing company Stage One has invested £1m into a next generation 3D printing business.

Fluxaxis is a start-up being incubated by Stage One which will explore the potential of digital manufacturing using 3D printing, scanning and design.

The company’s technology can 3D print at large scale for almost any application.

Tockwith-based Stage One uses digital technologies alongside traditional skills to create complex forms. The business also manufactured the 2012 Olympic Cauldron.

Edwin Stokes (pictured), director of Fluxaxis, said “Designers, marketers, architects, manufacturers, retailers, film and theatre companies. Everyone is exploring how 3D print can enrich their productions.

“By removing technical barriers we are enabling a new creative and fast-track approach, uninhibited by scale and intricacy.”

He added: “The best machines mean nothing if you don’t know what to do with them.

“We combine the technology of the future with Stage One’s experience in creative production to open up new opportunities for businesses both in the UK and globally.

“Prototypes and production parts that, until now, have been too complex in form to manufacture, can now be made quickly and precisely using a range of cutting edge equipment, all under one roof.”

Fluxaxis is also launching a competition in collaboration with York Mediale to find an artist in residence to produce shapes and structures that defy conventional production methods.

The residency programme, set to run between September 2017 – February 2018, is seeking an artist or collective with experience in critical making and 3D printing.

The selected artist will receive a £5,000 artist fee and have access to Fluxaxis’ equipment and expertise to develop ideas and practices.

The final results of the residency will be showcased at the inaugural York Mediale in 2018 and toured internationally.