Q3 2022

EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q3 2022 11 , Apr22199 Founded in 2011, Inspire 3D is Ireland’s leading professional 3D printing systems provider. Headed up by manager, Mark Rowan, the company regularly attends trade shows across Ireland, promoting the latest developments in the world of 3D technology. Although 3D printing may seem a recent invention, its first iteration dates back to the 1940s. The 3D printing we know today, also called additive manufacturing, began to evolve in America in the early 1980s. Essentially, it’s the process of making 3D objects from a digital file and involves layering thin slices of material up to form a solid object. The technology is perfect for making complex and intricate shapes. And, as there is little to no waste, it uses less material than traditional manufacturing methods. One company that is at the forefront of 3D printing technology is Inspire 3D. Based in Rathnew, County Wicklow, the company supplies professional-grade 3D printers to a range of clients across Ireland. Mark tells us, “We help and encourage our customers to adopt additive manufacturing. We offer training, applications development, consultancy, support, and installation.” Inspire 3D is a reseller for many well-known 3D printing brands. Stockists of equipment and consumables from the likes of Flux, Formlabs and Ultimaker, the company also sells Laser cutters, 3D scanners and software. As an expert in its field, Inspire 3D is only too happy to support its clients with any questions or issues they may encounter. One example of this is Urban Scale Interventions (USI), who worked on a project with Belfast City Council to transform areas of the city at night. USI designed and produced 3D printed light installations to breathe life into some of the ‘forgotten’ places in the historical city. The company was able to test out many different ideas before deciding on a final design. Having the 3D printers on site allowed the team to move directly from design to creation. White’s, one of the oldest taverns in Belfast, was the site chosen to showcase the largest installation. As the range of industries that use 3D printing continues to grow, so does the demand for expertise such as that of Inspire 3D. With that in mind, the company recently gained status as an Engineers Ireland Approved Registered Training Provider. Mark says, “We’re delighted to have achieved this. We’d love to hear from anyone looking for hands-on training courses in additive manufacturing.” If you’d like to learn more about training opportunities or any of the other services Inspire 3D offers, please contact the team via the website. Or look out for the company at a trade show near you. Contact: Mark Rowan Company: Inspire 3D Web Address: https://www.inspire3d.ie/ 3D Printer Supplier & Support Provider of the Year 2022