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Advancing Innovative Manufacturing in the South of Scotland (AIMS) Project

About AIMS

The AIMS project: Your gateway to Advanced Manufacturing support in the South of Scotland. Whether you’re a business or private individual wishing to expand their knowledge on all things Industry 4.0, our team can help. Alongside the valuable support we provide to business, our experienced technicians deliver a wide range of practical, skills-based training courses that are tailored to your needs. From introductory hands-on training, to bespoke intermediate and advanced modules that focus on your specific business needs or career aspirations, AIMS have the equipment and expertise to boost your capability and help shape your future.

Who do AIMS help…

Business: AIMS supports businesses to innovate, develop, prove, and introduce new products and services. For example, prototyping, product development and process improvement. Our technical team can train your employees on the latest engineering technologies, such as CNC machining, digital metrology, 3D printing, robotics and automation including cobot welding. Our project provides support to all Dumfries and Galloway businesses, large and small, and our team are here to help you prosper and achieve more.

Private Individuals:  The AIMS team are available to train and upskill adults and young people from aged 19+, this includes school leavers, job seekers, students, sole traders, and entrepreneurs. Our objective is to mentor local people into employment or education and to help local businesses thrive in a modern competitive marketplace, ultimately creating jobs and economic growth for the South of Scotland. Our vocational training courses are half day or 2-day courses, from taster sessions at introduction / beginner level to bespoke courses aimed at businesses and individuals who want to develop their skill set.

Recent collaborations have resulted in assisting clients with introducing new products, automating processes and reverse engineering. We have a range of equipment available at our facility based at Dumfries & Galloway College (Dumfries Campus) including:

  • 3D printers for polymer and metals                           
  • 5 Axis CNC VMC
  • CNC Lathe with live tooling
  • Robotic Welding
  • CMM (metrology) with 3D Software (portable & stationary)
  • 3D Laser Tracker
  • 3D Scanner and Reverse Engineering Bundle
  • Collaborative Robots (COBOTS)
  • AR/VR Visualisation
  • Large format 3D printer
  • MIR 250 AMR
  • Manufacturing ERP system with demonstration mode

If you have a project in mind, please contact Joanne or a member of the team at