A former coppersmith has tapped into support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) to help him realise the commercial potential of his ‘metal blowing’ technology.
Stephen Newby has developed a process for metal forming that involves inflating sheets of steel.
Backed by strategic and financial support from MAS, his company – ‘Full Blown’ – has played a role in the development of the world’s first inflated metal radiator due to be sold in the UK shortly.
‘We are really excited about the commercial launch of ‘Squeeze’, which uses high-pressure water forced between two sheets of polished stainless steel to create the water channels for the radiator,’ explained Newby.
Funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, MAS works for manufacturers by helping to shape strategy, create new products, reduce waste and review supply chains.