Formed in 2002, Photocentric started by inventing and patenting imagepac- packaged photopolymer.
We are a specialist chemical manufacturer, making photopolymers or liquids that harden in light. Photocentric is one of a handful of companies in the world with this technology and the only one to package it to make it easier to use. The traditional market for it being flexographic printing. In small format this is used to make craft and business stamps and in large format it makes plates to print corrugated boxes.
In 2010 we set up a subsidiary in the US to make craft stamps for the domestic American market. Today it is the largest clear stamp maker in North America, using imagepac for all its production.
We have patented a number of inventions around light curing polymers and have a strong core business based on being innovative in photopolymer.
In 2014 we were awarded a UK Government Grant to develop a prototype for a new type of 3D Printer using LCD screens emitting visible light. Our first 3D printer, called Liquid Crystal, was launched in Jan 2016 priced at £600. We manufacture both the printers and photopolymers.
In 2016 our Liquid Crystal 3D printer won Best Innovation in 3D printing at the IDTechEx awards in Berlin and Enabling Innovation Award at Advanced Engineering at NEC
In 2017 we were awarded Innovate Research grants to design a ceramic 3D printer, to make Colossus (the largest vat polymerisation printer ever made) and recently to develop a metal printer.
We employ 85 people in Peterborough operating out of a 34,000 sqft facility and 35 people in the US in a 25,000 sqft facility. We are currently investing heavily in R&D with 18 people working on printer and resin research.