Donna Connor, head of technical capabilities at Sellafield Ltd with a 3D metal printed part.
Donna Connor, head of technical capabilities at Sellafield Ltd with a 3D metal printed part.

By Liz Nickels

“Personally as a material scientist, 3D scanning and printing is the Holy Grail; the technology offers a huge amount of opportunity that we can exploit to continue the safe and accelerated clean up of Sellafield site,” said Donna Connor, head of technical capabilities at Sellafield Ltd.

“The plants at Sellafield are unique and many of them have been used for far in excess of their original design specification. With these older plants lots of parts are one-off designs, which makes it both expensive and time consuming to replace parts. If something has to be custom manufactured it could mean a plant is closed down until a part is replaced, and even if we can avoid closing the plant temporarily, we know for certain that the part will be expensive. Using this technology can revolutionise the way we do things, saving time, and money for the taxpayer.”