While 3D printing is becoming more widely used in general engineering the use of 3D printing in the medical and allied sectors such as dentistry has only just begun.
As part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to develop prototype quantum devices, which could provide a breakthrough in the fields of sensing, imaging and information exchange
Quantum technologies could be used to develop new medical devices, new types of sensors, and better, more secure communication systems.
Projects in this competition must aim to develop and commercialise ‘second generation’ quantum prototype devices or systems. They should be able to do things that would be impossible by non-quantum means.
They must address one or more of the following:
- Improving situational awareness, including ensuring safety during transportation in hazardous conditions such as darkness, fog or dust.
- Increasing productivity in deployment, improvement or maintenance of buildings or national infrastructure.
- Improving identification and understanding of states and features that are impossible to see by conventional means, particularly in medical, environmental and security applications.
- Supporting secure peer-to-peer transfer of data and information, such as across smart cities and environments
All projects will need to show how a device could ultimately be used by a customer and that there is a clear market in the UK.
The competition opens 18 April and can be accessed here: