Exciting times here at Heritage Components as we’ve set our sights on becoming the first business in the UK to offer a 3D modelling and prototyping service to furniture manufacturers and restorers worldwide. We’ve just been awarded an innovation voucher worth £3,780 by the University of Lincoln, as part of the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) supported Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire, to further develop the service we currently offer. As well as having thousands of furniture legs, castors and slipper cups in stock, we also make bespoke products primarily for high-end furniture manufacturers and interior designers. It’s something we’ve been doing for a while now and we’re really looking forward to enhancing this service for our customers. Previously, the process of designing and manufacturing a furniture part from scratch would have taken us several months. However, using 3D design and print technology, we’re now able to complete the process in just a few days. Our Managing Director Martin Fahy has been working closely with the University’s Designblok team to design and make prototypes for several new slipper cups using their in-house expertise and state-of-the-art equipment. We now hope to be able to expand it to include more of our products. We’re hopeful that the grant will enable us to become the only company in the UK providing 3D models and prototypes of both bespoke and preconfigured furniture parts to restorers, designers and manufacturers. We are confident that by offering a unique low-cost service and much faster turnaround times Heritage Components will become a market leader. We already have an extensive customer base in the UK, Denmark, Sweden and US and this could open up a truly global marketplace for our business! Our success is also good news for the county as rather than having to look to India and Bulgaria to produce low-cost prototypes, we will be able to design and make them in Lincoln. As the business grows, we’ll also need to recruit more staff to add to our already growing team – keep an eye on our social media channels for up and coming career opportunities. We’re thrilled to be working with the university and have the opportunity to tap into their wealth of expertise and knowledge. Without their help, we would have struggled to achieve what we have within such a short space of time. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call and speak to a member of the team on 01522 685974.