3D printing Open Afternoon at Opening of the Scottish Parliament

The Fifth Session of the Scottish Parliament (2016-2021) will be marked on 2 July in a ceremony and day of events that will continue the Scottish tradition of bringing together the people, the Parliament and Her Majesty The Queen.

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics at Heriot-Watt University will be hosting a 3D printing stand to display how 3D printing is used for Research across a number of disciplines in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and as a science outreach tool to engage schoolchildren.

Plastics, Organs …what else can be 3D Printed! 

Following on the success of the Printing 3D Organs session featured in this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival, Heriot-Watt University brings to Scottish Parliament more exciting ideas and inspiring scientists working with the 3D printing technology!

3D printing allows the construction of objects in an additive fashion, building up layer upon layer to achieve the final design. This is very different from conventional methods that rely on cutting out designs and then fixing them together by gluing, welding or other techniques. The single process of 3D printing makes it compact, such as the 3D printer currently in use on the International Space Station, and allows the fabrication of designs that are impossible using standard manufacturing.

Scientists from Heriot-Watt University, with colleagues from St. Andrews and Strathclyde Universities will demonstrate how 3D printing is used across many disciplines for the development of new techniques and materials from plastics to living organs.

Visit this free session and get inspired. 



Saturday, 2 July, 2016 - 14:00 to Sunday, 3 July, 2016 - 13:45
Scottish Parliament