Businesses and students in Boston can now use cutting-edge digital equipment free of charge at the town’s own technology hub opened by Onlincolnshire.
The new Boston Technology Hub at Boston College is offering free use of a desktop 3D printer, a hand-held colour 3D scanner and a high-precision laser cutter and engraver
All this equipment was available to test-drive at the launch event on October 30, coinciding with Boston College’s Technology Showcase event, which was held at the newly-opened £1.6 million Enterprise Zone where the hub is based.
A precision laser cutter will be available to use at onlincolnshire's new Boston Technology Hub, opening up possibilities for businesses across Boston.
Boston College will run sessions showing people how to use the equipment every other Wednesday between 1pm and 4pm, with the first one on Wednesday, November, 13. Businesses looking for support on using the equipment should take advantage of those sessions.
The hub is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We believe that offering these resources free of charge will open up doors for them to grow their business by giving local employers the chance to get ‘hands on’ with some of the very latest technology.
“We hope to see as many people in the local community take advantage of the hub and the wider services on offer at the Enterprise Zone,” Councillor Davie added.
Councillor Jo Churchill officially launched the hub with a talk on the possibilities it offers. She is pictured holding a cookie cutter created using the hub's 3D printer.
The Technology Showcase on October 30 featured a combination of displays, machinery and short seminars for visitors and students to see how technology and engineering underpins the success of business across a range of sectors.
People attending the event got an up-close look at a range of machinery, watched video demonstrations and attended short seminars.
Exhibitors included BAE Systems, Burdens, Turners Distribution, GB Security Group, Rolec Services, Sports Bike Shop, QV Foods and Duncan & Toplis.
George Bell, Employer Engagement Manager at the College, said: “It has been a pleasure to host the launch of Boston’s Technology Hub and we’re really pleased our students have been able to see first-hand the impact new technology has had in local industries such as logistics and agriculture and the careers available in local dynamic businesses.”
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