By the way, here are some relevant funding offers:
Funding to Stimulate 3d Printing
“The Technology Strategy Board has launched a new £7 million competition to stimulate innovation in; and overcome barriers to the take up of additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) and design. By launching the competition, The Technology Strategy Board aims to accelerate the creation of new design, production and supply chain competences for UK businesses. All proposals must be collaborative and business-led, involving at least one other non-academic partner. The Technology Strategy Board expect to invest between £50,000 and £750,000 in each project, although projects outside this range. The deadline for applicants to register is noon on the 23rd January 2013.” here
Digital Makers Fund
“The Nominet Trust has launched a £225,000 Digital Makers Fund to support innovators with bright ideas for significantly increasing the number of young people who participate in making digital technologies such as websites, apps, hardware, games or brand new innovations. The Fund is open to for-profit and private companies. However funding will only be awarded for projects that have an identifiable public benefit related to the aims of the Fund and the Trust’s charitable objects. The Nominet Trust expect to make a small number of grants between £20,000 and £50,000 alongside a package of tailored non-financial support. The call is now open and initial expressions of interest will be accepted up until 17 January 2013.
Please note interested applicants will be required to attend a ‘digital makers’ workshop as part of the initial application process. In this first call we expect to make a small number of grants between £20,000 and £50,000, alongside a package of tailored non-financial support. Grants will be awarded in March 2013.” here