A FORMER coppersmith has tapped into support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) to help him realise the commercial potential of his "metal-blowing" technology.
Sculptor Stephen Newby, who used to work as a shipbuilder for VSEL, specialises in inflated metal structures and his two-man firm Full Blown has now patented his metal-blowing technology, which will see the launch of Squeeze, the world’s first inflated metal radiator.
Manufacturing Advisory Service helped the Biscuit Factory-based firm with advice on product development, workflow, costings and additional processes.
Newby, whose latest project involved the creation of a 10-metre diameter Halo artwork for Trinity Square in Gateshead, said: “We are really excited about the commercial launch of Squeeze, which uses high pressure water forced between two sheets of polished stainless steel to create the water channels for the radiator.
“The design is suitable for all central heating and domestic hot water systems. We’ve come up with the patented technology and proto-typing, Impress Group will be taking over production and Aestus Radiators are helping with the route to market.”