Business members in the borough visited Boston College today to see the launch of a new technology hub and demonstrations of cutting-edge equipment.
The new Boston Technology Hub, courtesy of onlincolnshire, offers free use of a desktop 3D printer, a hand-held colour 3D scanner and a high-precision laser cutter and engraver, all of which were available to test-drive at the launch event.
The hub, one of five to be launched by the Lincolnshire County Council-run project, will give people the chance to learn more about emerging technologies, test out equipment before making a purchase, access workshops and network.
Today’s launch coincided with Boston College’s Technology Showcase event, which was held at the newly-opened £1.6 million Enterprise Zone where the hub will be based.
Coun 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.”
The college will run sessions showing people how to use the equipment every other Wednesday between 1pm and 4pm. 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).
The Technology Showcase 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: “We hope today’s Technology Showcase will raise student aspirations and encourage local business to engage with our teaching to ensure our students are learning the skills of the future workforce.”