Yorkshire manufacturer creates the shape of things to come in 3D printing

Mark Viner, Blast & Wash Division and Jimmy Thomson, Business Development Manager

New tech shows the shape of things to come in 3D printing

A Yorkshire manufacturer is driving forward the UK’s adoption of 3D printing and additive manufacturing with the launch of new robotic blasting technology.

Skipton-based Guyson International is unveiling the ‘Guyson PRS’, a robotically controlled finishing station and powder recovery system at the 3D industry’s UK trade show, TCT, in Birmingham next week.

A global leader in surface finishing equipment and known for its design and manufacture of blast finishing, spray wash and ultrasonic cleaning equipment, Guyson is now carving a niche in the 3D and additive manufacturing (AM) industry facilitating the production of 3D components in the aerospace, medical implant and automotive sectors.

Additive manufacturing (AM) describes the technologies that build 3D objects by layering materials such as plastic, metal or ceramic.

Reading data from a CAD file, AM equipment adds successive layers of liquid, powder or sheet material to fabricate a 3D object.

Its applications range from creating lightweight parts for the aerospace industry to 3D printed titanium hip replacements.

Mark Viner, who was appointed managing director of the Guyson Blast & Wash Division in April, is leading the 10-strong team into the expanding market of additive manufacturing, which he says, is already responsible for 20% of the company’s machine sales.

Mark said: “The AM market is growing rapidly and we are growing with it. It’s a form of manufacturing that has been developing in the background for the last 20 years, but over the last five we have seen an acceleration in demand for products which facilitate fast, efficient and cost effective additive manufacture.”

“We offer a range of solutions from entry and mid-level manual finishing stations through to the Guyson PRS which uses robotic blasting methodology to reveal components and reclaim the valuable and re-usable powder.

“While this time and cost saving process is invaluable in any additive manufacturing business, it’s particularly in demand in the aerospace, medical implant and automotive industries where companies want automation to manage volume and ensure product consistency.”

Now in its 80th year, privately-owned family business Guyson International operates from a manufacturing headquarters on the Snaygill Industrial Estate in Skipton.

The firm has developed an international reputation for its design and manufacture of surface finishing equipment including the supply and export of equipment, blast media and parts.

Jimmy Thomson, business development manager and fourth generation of the Guyson-founding Thomson family, added: “British manufacturers have always been adaptable and our future relies on diversification.

“Growth in the AM industry complements our core, established areas of expertise and we are relishing the challenge of applying eight decades of Guyson manufacturing expertise to this evolving market which is changing the face of production across the globe.”