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Tom Fripp

Tom Fripp


Tom is an internationally recognised, award-winning design expert that has over 17 years of commercial design experience and has overseen the delivery of over 1,000 design projects. He has a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Industrial Design and a Masters with distinction in design for 3D printing both from Sheffield Hallam University.

Tom has been named on 7 granted patents including 4 novel 3D print processes, developed and patented 3D printed facial and ocular prosthetics in early 2000’s and developed and patented the world’s first silicone elastomer 3D printing technology.

He has delivered projects in multiple markets including medical, packaging, consumer, FMCG, promotional, health and safety equipment, industrial and pharma. Including delivering projects for the likes of G4S, Comic Relief, Boots, Smith & Nephew, Nestle, Galpharm, B&Q, Balfour Beatty and Sharp Lifesciences not to mention hundreds of SMEs and inventors.

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Design & Development Engineer

Ben has over 8 years product design and development experience in 3D printing and traditional manufacturing for SME’s and inventors. He holds a 1st Class Masters in Design (MDes) in Design Products and a Masters in Business Administration (Executive MBA) with Distinction from De Montfort University. He holds the PRINCE2 Project Management qualification at Foundation and Practitioner levels.

During his time with Addition Design, he has been named on 1 granted patent for a novel 3D printing solution and helped design the range of Elemental Objects air gun magazines and shot loaders, successfully introducing them to the market.

Whilst working for a manufacturing SME and Medical Device micro-company his experience included: three years working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (1 year on a PiKT), introducing a Product Design culture into the business including the design and development procedures, bill of materials management and costings, identifying production improvements and design for manufacturability and assembly; introducing brand identity to a new line of products and reflecting the design language throughout the range; making sure that all products are fully accredited to the medical standard IEC 60601-1; designing products for new global markets and their accompanying regulations; he was also pivotal for the transition to ISO 13485 and medical device regulations, completing the appropriate design history files and increased their range of products and variants in the market by threefold.