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Make Aberdeen to close on 21st March

We are disappointed to learn of the decision to close Make Aberdeen from 21st March 2018.

Make is a public-access digital fabrication space in the centre of Aberdeen.  It supports a community of Makers, SMEs, students and artists giving them studio space and access to some high-end laser-cutters, 3d printers, digital sewing,  digital vinyl cutters, and a really impressive printer that can print on any surface.

While we don’t rely on Make for 3d printing (others are not so fortunate),  we make use of the facilities at Make whenever we can for laser-cutting sheet materials.  Laser cutting facilities have been especially useful for our architectural models.   Without the facilities at Make,  we will either have to buy our own laser cutting equipment or use out-of-region online services.  We are still evaluating our options.    Thankfully,  no current or committed work is directly impacted but, unless we can find alternatives, we may well need to adjust our services going forward.

For our own needs, we will find an alternative solution.  However, closing the doors on Make makes it harder for start-ups, individual Makers, local schools and companies to access digital fabrication and an important route to innovation.    Moreover,  Celtic3d have become involved in several interesting and innovative collaborative projects through people we have met at Make.  This source of creative inspiration will be sorely missed.

We would like to thank the staff at Make (Ben, Eilidh and Kerry) for their hard work and support.

With so many start-ups and SME in the city, and with the huge potential for innovation in digital manufacturing. If ever Aberdeen needed a facility like this, it is now.

We hope that an alternative can be found without delay.  We would be interested to hear from anyone with ideas on how that could be done.

Correction:  Date corrected to 21st March (previously posted as 18th)

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Offshore Europe 2017

3d printed models of offshore and subsea equipment

Offshore Digital Playspace

Alongside the huge scale of Offshore Europe 2017,  Celtic3d was invited to participate in the “Offshore Digital Playspace” a fringe event co-hosted by Scottish Enterprise, Elevator and The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC).  More than 30 innovative companies took part,  all looking at different aspects of the Offshore industry getting the most from its data and digital assets.

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3d Printing Time-lapse

Time-lapse video 3d printing our clan crests

3d printable design files

A short 3d printing time-lapse of some of our clan crest designs.  We always test-print new designs to ensure printability before making the design files available in our shop.  This is our latest batch of 10 designs undergoing their test print.  If you have access to a 3d printer, our designs are available to download for you to print yourself. Continue reading 3d Printing Time-lapse

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DigitalBoost Case Study – Celtic3d

3d printed model

Celtic3d features in a DigitalBoost Case Study,  published by our friends over at Commendium.


Initially we had a bit of a hard-time convincing Business Gateway that we needed help.  We do have a ton of in-house capabilities to write code, manage servers, even creating our own micro-services and cloud-based apps to help us with our 3d modelling.   However, online marketing is not our area of expertise and DigitalBoost knew just the right company to hook us up with.  DigitalBoost put us in-touch with Commendium who provided us with some excellent (and much needed) support to get us on the right track. Continue reading DigitalBoost Case Study – Celtic3d