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Staffordshire Advanced Manufacturing, Prototyping and Innovation Demonstrator (SAMPID)

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Helping businesses to realise their innovation potential by offering a bespoke package of support and the development of a product, ready for commercialisation.

What is SAMPID?

The Staffordshire Advanced Manufacturing, Prototyping and Innovation Demonstrator programme will drive innovation in Advanced Manufacturing Sectors across the region. The programme will offer collaborative partnerships between Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire businesses and Staffordshire University.  Each partnership will support businesses to develop new to the market products or components utilising cutting edge equipment.  Research and expertise from world class academics will offer another dimension to your idea.

Who is it for?

The programme is open to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire area who are looking to drive innovation across advanced manufacturing sectors. The support will primarily focus on the following sectors and their supply chains by designing and developing new products, services and processes:

  • Aero-auto
  • Energy
  • Agri-tech
  • Medical Technology
  • Applied materials
  • Transport
  • Food and drink

The programmes tailored support provides an excellent route for businesses that currently do not have the resources or knowledge to embed advanced manufacturing solutions to transform their business.

What to expect

Focussed on innovative practices, each partnership will receive the following: ​

  • One student or graduate for 15 hours per week for 12 weeks, to support the development of the prototype or innovation (to be based at the University)
  • A dedicated academic expert offering 12 days of support to the business over the course of the project
  • Each partnership will be bespoke and will include access to both existing and newly purchased state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing equipment all based within the zone.
  • A simple application process

Advanced manufacturing equipment

  • 2 x metal 3D printer
  • Solvent wash for metal 3D printers
  • Sinter oven for metal 3D printers
  • Educational robot
  • Collaborative robot
  • Inspection camera
  • Spin coater
  • Probe station

All of the above is fully funded by Staffordshire University and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and offered completely free of charge to each participating business

SAMPID Case Study

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