BT has purchased and deployed an industrial 3D printer for its Magna Park distribution centre so it can provide key parts to engineers on site.
BT spent around £25,000 on the machine, an MJP2500+ from US firm 3D Systems that was delivered just before Christmas. It went into production in mid-January.
The firm is using it for a variety of uses, from printing parts for ‘just in time’ delivery to ensuring it can provide engineers with items that may not be produced by manufacturers anymore.
It also enables BT to test out new ideas that engineers can suggest and print a few items to trial in the field, rather than having to go through a full manufacturing process.