3d printers

Pontypool business owner seeks to develop 3D printers

A 22-YEAR-OLD entrepreneur from Pontypool who has followed in his grandparents’ footsteps is set to expand his business.

Lewis Woolfall started 3D printing business Woodfall’s 3DP in January 2020 and moved into Pontypool Indoor Market in October 2020.

He received a start-up grant to help support his business, and since then his business has grown steadily.

His company specializes in the manufacture of 3D printed products such as spare parts, collectibles, artistic models and seasonal items.

Lewis Woolfall at Pontypool Covered Market. Photo: Municipality of Torfaen.

“My grandparents had the RM and RD Rowlands fruit and veg stall in Pontypool Covered Market for nearly 20 years and I remember visiting their stall when I was younger and the bustle of the market life,” he said.

“So it was an obvious place for me to start my business.

“Since opening to the market, my business has grown and at least quadrupled in size and production.”

Mr Woolfall is now looking to move to larger premises in Brynmawr.

“I really enjoyed my time in the market and enjoyed meeting new customers,” he said. “I encourage all potential traders to consider Pontypool Indoor Market, however crazy your idea.

“It’s the perfect incubator for start-ups and with all the additional support available from consulting within the marketplace, there’s certainly no better place to start your entrepreneurial journey.”

To learn more about renting a space at the indoor market, you can visit Town hall of Torfaen website or contact Market Manager Shane Kennedy on [email protected] or 01495 742757.

The council is currently consulting on regeneration plans for Pontypool town centre. Plans include converting vacant city center shops into homes or flexible spaces that can be used for work or leisure, and creating ‘pocket parks’ across the city, including in George Street and Glantorvaen Street .

For more information on the plans or to participate in the consultation, visit the council’s website community involvement to place.