Nick Osborn, Gaining a SMART START: The benefits of 3D printing

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FRP have 20 years of experience in this sector, working with a range of companies, from medical devices to automotive industries to design consultancies. Join us for an informal chat with Nick Osborn of FRP, over some tasty refreshments.

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About the event

Key Takeaways from the session:

  • What is 3D printing?
  • How can it help your company?
  • Common traps/pitfalls of this technology
  • What to look for in an outsourced rapid manufacturer
  • Why is this activity important to investors?

3D printing is important to any company looking to rapidly produce a physical product on a mass scale. In this Sundowner, Nick Osborn of FRP, one of the UK’s most experienced rapid manufacturers, will look at the benefits of using 3D printing, in particular why you might consider using 3D printing at an early stage of product development.

The second half of this session will look at what to look for in an outsourced rapid manufacturer, how to make sure you have found the right manufacturer for you. This session will close on a discussion on how this activity may help when fundraising.


FRP is the home of rapid manufacturing. Speeding progress, mitigating risk, and reducing costs FRP helps clients to succeed sooner. When medical device companies, automotive manufacturers and design consultancies around the world want to develop fast, cost effective, qualified components and assemblies, they turn to FRP for proven, repeatable, expedited solutions.



Nick Osborn

Nick graduated from Loughborough University in 1992 with a BA (Hons) in Industrial Design & Technology. 10 years in 3D Printing were followed by a move to FRP in 2003 to realise Customer’s designs via a wider range of Rapid Manufacturing technologies and materials, from injection moulding of plastics through to investment casting and forming of metals; assembly and ultimately full service supply.

Nick became Managing Director of FRP in 2008 and spearheaded the company’s move into Full Service Rapid Manufacturing (FSRM™) which delivers Production Quality parts in Ultra-Rapid timescales for customers operating in highly regulated markets. Nick qualified as a Lead Auditor for Medical Devices in 2013 as part of the company’s strategic drive into ISO-recognised service levels. A keen field hockey player and recreational golfer, Nick enjoys keeping active one way or another.

Mark Rayner

Mark is a Senior Innovation and Growth Specialist, with an extensive international career in Corporate Finance and Venture Capital and board level positions, within high growth technology businesses. He applies his broad knowledge to help teams build and test strategies, focus, structure and plan for growth. He has been instrumental in raising and deploying significant funding in his career. Mark spends his time mentoring and coaching the entrepreneurs of the future in his diverse portfolio.

Kirsten Masson

Kirsten is the Head of Programmes and Development at SJIC, with a 25-year track record in business support for SME’s across the East of England. Kirsten’s varied experience of working across a range of businesses, including her own, means she knows the importance of focusing on raising finance, leadership & management, strategy and planning, coaching and leadership and management. She also specialises in customer engagement, innovation management, and people and team development.

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St John's Innovation Centre, St John's Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WS

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