Two state of the art 3D printers are the latest tech acquired by University Centre Peterborough for engineering, computing and art students to use in their studies.
The machines with glowing blue insides whirred into action as local Euro MP Alex Mayer officially unveiled them.
Ms Mayer pressed “go” on a printer as she met budding undergraduate students who will benefit from the latest technology.
Thanks to the new machines, students will be able to learn hands on how to design CAD files and to 3D print them, preparing them for a career in industry where 3D printers are used to make inexpensive prototypes quickly and efficiently.
The number of job adverts asking for 3D printing skills increased by 1,834% between 2010 and 2014 and the market is expected to be as big as £16 billion globally in 2021.
Alex Mayer MEP, who is voting on measures to improve workers digital skills in the next few weeks, said:
“It’s a real privilege to launch this cutting-edge kit, it’s important Peterborough makes the grade when it comes to digital skills. I’m delighted Peterborough students are at the forefront of the digital revolution.”