The centre has signed agreements with 3D Scanners, CGTech Vericut, Dontyne Systems and TMS CADCentre – each joining as tier two members.

CGTech specialises in virtual verification software for the machining process. It will provide support by ensuring the centre has robust programs to embed into its state-of-the-art tools, reducing the risk of tooling collisions or geometric errors.

Newcastle based Dontyne Systems approached the AFRC to help bridge the gap between the design and manufacturing of gears. The company, which supplies software and services aimed at the optimum production of gear components and their use in the transmission industry, will aid the growth of the AFRC’s strategy in this sector.

TMS CADCentre, a division of Scotland based TMS, is a market-leader in Solidworks Computer Aided Design (CAD) modelling software. It will showcase its technology to the centre’s tier one members, while also adding to the centre’s capacity for offering consultancy on CAD issues.

3D Scanners is a UK reseller of Polyworks Software – computer based technology used by manufacturers across the world when designing or analysing products. The Coventry based company is interested in the AFRC’s work in reverse engineering of surfaces.

Says Dr Lynne O’Hare, chief business development officer at the AFRC: “The broad scope of the new members reflects the diverse range of activity that the centre is involved in across the UK’s manufacturing sector.

“These relationships will be bilaterally beneficial and I’m really excited about each of the new partnerships. The AFRC helps companies of all shapes and sizes from across the manufacturing sector and these partnerships will boost that capability, expanding our offering as a centre of manufacturing excellence.”