Visitors are advised to sign up as places are going fast. Tuesday, 4 December is already fully subscribed, but places are still available on Wednesday and Thursday, December 5 and 6. The Carfulan Group’s free-to-attend Manufacturing Performance Network takes place at its Innovation Centre (pictured) in Foston, near Derby.

The event will be the company’s first since it became the first appointed worldwide partner of Israel-based XJet. This employs the ground-breaking NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ) methodology to 3D-print geometrically complex ceramic and metal components quickly, safely and with unmatched quality, it is claimed.

Across Group companies OGP UK, SYS Systems, Zoller UK, Vicivision UK and XJ3D, the Derbyshire-based business specialises in multi-sensor metrology, turned-part measurement, additive manufacturing and tool pre-setting and inspection, empowering its customers to improve their business processes and achieve end-product excellence.

OGP UK’s multi-sensor metrology systems can gauge the characteristics of even the most complex parts in real time and without human error, leading to better quality, reduced scrap and allowing products to be brought into the marketplace faster.

At the MPN the company will unveil the FlexPoint, “the most accurate large frame multi-sensor co-ordinate measuring machine on the planet”, as well as demo its flagship Vantage system, the CNC 200 and 500, ZIP Advanced 300, SNAP DM 200 and Spark 300, alongside a QC-CALC metrology software station.

3D-printing expert SYS Systems, a UK Stratasys platinum partner, has lined up the Connex 500, Objet 30 Pro, Fortus 450 and two machines from the popular F-Series range, as well as the chance to experience the advantages of its ultra-tough Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber material.

Tool pre-setting and inspection specialist Zoller UK will launch the new Smile tool pre-setter with Pilot 1 software, while showing the smileCheck, smileCompact, pomBasic, Venturion and Genius, in addition to electronic tool storage solutions.

Finally, high-performance optical and non-contact turned-part measuring machine supplier Vicivision UK has the M306, M618 and Metrios – a state-of-the-art, automatic 2D digital optical system that performs accurate and objective part-quality tests directly on the shopfloor.