Metro Mayor opens new 3D printing studio

Mo Isap, left, and Andy Burnham

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has officially opened Hobs Studio’s new 3D printing facilities.

Hobs Studio Manchester specialises in 3D services for the AEC sector (architecture, engineering and construction).

The mayor was given a tour of the company’s new office on Newton Street, which is 8,044sq ft, and provides more space for the growing team. The total investment in the new premises and equipment was £280,000.

Burnham said: “I am honoured to officially open this new 3D facility.

“Hobs Studio is a Greater Manchester business that continues to innovate, invest in new technology, create new jobs and promote Manchester’s tech credentials on a global stage.

“Their various innovative 3D services are helping improve the built environment in the region.”

Demand for 3D services is especially high from architects and product designers who, in recent years, have swapped their drawing boards for 3D design software.

The 3D data used to 3D print is often designed and created from scratch, but existing objects can also be scanned with a laser.

Hobs Studio specialises in scanning full buildings, including historic Castles, Manchester Cathedral and Manchester Town Hall. However, Hobs staff have also scanned and 3D printed smaller items, from pets, through to several celebrities.

Mo Isap, director of Hobs Studio Manchester, said: “Our Manchester team has many years of experience in architecture and construction and we are looking forward to continuing to offer a high level of service and to extending the range of services we offer.”