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U of Liverpool 3D printing start-up acquired by Desktop Metal


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 1st, 2021

Meta Additive, a University of Liverpool start-up developing a novel approach to 3D printing, has been acquired by Desktop Metal, a leader in mass production and turnkey additive manufacturing solutions.

Meta Additive is using binder jet technology to create the next generation of additive manufacturing solutions. Initially developed by Liverpool researcher Kate Black, the start-up’s unique approach to 3D printing enables the manipulation of materials at the molecular level, leading to more cost-effective, sustainable manufacturing solutions.

“There is a great sense of satisfaction seeing your research go from laboratory-scale into a real-life manufacturing process,” says Black, who co-founded Meta Additive and now serves as its chief technology officer.

“Now that Meta Additive has grown and become part of the Desktop Metal family,” she adds, “we will be able to take our technology to the next level, providing manufacturing solutions for a brighter future.”

By acquiring Meta Additive, Desktop Metal is advancing its strategy to further grow its materials portfolio and expand the high-volume applications available to its customers. The acquisition was managed in part by the University of Liverpool’s IP Commercialization Team.

“Meta Additive is a remarkable example of how our research excellence translates into commercial success,” says Anthony Hollander, pro-vice-chancellor for research & impact at the university. “The scale of the acquisition, and the benefit to the university, is a fantastic endorsement of our University Intellectual Property Commercialization strategy and continued investment in our spin-outs.”

Source: Mirage News

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