About

Bringing design to life since 2003

Paragon Rapid Technologies provides world-class support throughout the product development cycle, from innovation to manufacturing. For more than 15 years our specialist service engineers have been helping businesses like yours excel in your industry sector. We help you bring complex, or simple, designs to life and to keep your supply chain agile.

Operating through three core business brands, Paragon Additive Manufacturing Technologies, Paragon Rapid Technologies and Paragon CNC Technologies, Paragon Rapid Technologies is a market-leading one-stop-shop for rapid prototypes and on-demand production parts. Our outstanding technical expertise and process knowledge help us provide manufacturing support of the highest quality to the aerospace, defence and security, automotive and transport, medical, consumer, industrial, architectural, entertainment and energy, oil and gas industries.

Formed in 2003, we are part of the Northern Powerhouse with purpose-built facilities at our head office in Darlington, County Durham.

“We help deliver millions of products into their intended markets – quickly and efficiently.“

Phill Adamson Co-founder, Managing Director

Who We Are

Phill Adamson

Founder, CEO


With unwavering passion for developing new business, a firm belief that innovation and adding value are keystones to success, Phill has grown Paragon Rapid Technologies into a market leader for rapid prototyping and low volume manufacturing solutions.



Peter Humphrey

Founder and Technical Director


Peter's technical expertise has enabled us to win and deliver some of our biggest projects, from fully functioning, scaled wind turbines to £1.5m automotive programmes. As Technical Director, he focuses his talents on developing new technologies and materials to ensure we remain at the cutting edge of the industry.



Colin Wilson

Finance Director, HR Manager





Marc Faux

Prototype Commercial Manager


Marc joined us as a Project Engineer in 2005. As Prototype Commercial Manager, Marc leads the Rapid Technologies business unit, ensuring our prototyping services deliver on cost effectiveness, value for money, on-time dispatch and outstanding customer service.



Andrew McCormack

Projects Team Manager


Andrew joined Paragon in 2003 as an experienced model maker with a design degree. Thanks to his calming influence and a rapid ability to assimilate technical and customer knowledge, Andrew now leads Paragon's team of Project Engineers. He is passionate about Paragon's reputation for quality and service.



Leonie Hilsdon

Marketing Manager


Leonie, known as Lou, joined Paragon in October 2018. She is responsible for developing and implementing marketing and promotional strategy across all our business streams, as well as keeping an eye on customer relations and ensuring we deliver the very best in customer service.



Dave Hamm

Quality Manager


Dave joined Paragon in 2015 to help us gain our ISO 9001:2015 accreditation. He controls the ISO Management System and all aspects of product quality across our three business streams. He is now working towards ensuring Paragon gains IATF 16949 (International Automotive Task Force) status by 2021.



Roy Crombie

Sales Manager, DLS


Roy started life at Paragon as a Projects Engineer. When the opportunity arose for someone to champion our move towards additive manufacturing, Roy grabbed it with both hands. He is now our expert on DLS technology and its applications, delivering a range of AM solutions to a range of customer problems.



Mark O'Reilly

Engineering Manager





Howard Gray

Sales Manager


Howard joined Paragon in 2018 and is responsible for developing current and new business relationships primarily in the Midlands and East Anglia. He has helped to increase our visibility in the automotive sector and has successfully introduced Paragon to new markets such as the maritime sector.



Steve Ritchie

Sales Manager


Steve was Paragon's very first employee, joining as Vacuum Casting Supervisor. Having impressed customers with his in-depth technical knowledge and problem-solving skills, he moved into our sales side. He has been integral to our growth and developing our reputation as a leading product development services provider.



Rob Evans

Sales Manager


Rob joined Paragon in 2011. Working primarily across the South and South West, he has helped to build our profile and ensure our reputation as a market-leader. With an exceptional knowledge of 3D printing, Rob has helped us to grow our services and reputation in some niche markets, including the entertainment market.



Charlie Richardson

AM Manager


Charlie is responsible for the day to day running of Paragon’s Additive, 3D printing and DLS technologies. The department aims to meet customers delivery requirements and quality expectations, and Charlie is a member of the technology research team.



Dave Rogerson

Prototype Production Manager


David joined Paragon as a tool maker in 2007. Having worked across all Paragon's prototyping and model making departments, he became part of the management team in 2016. He is responsible for ensuring our production lines run smoothly, and our customers receive products of outstanding quality.



Paul Fowler

R&D Engineer


Having joined Paragon as a silicone toolmaker in 2007, Paul quickly moved to set up our RIM department. He moved to the commercial team in 2015, first as a project engineer and latterly as our R&D Engineer. He is responsible for providing technical support and researching and developing new materials and technologies.



Sue Williamson

Senior Administration Manager


Sue joined Paragon in February 2017 and is most likely to be the first person you meet when you visit or talk to when you call. She is also in charge of purchasing and HR administration.



Dan Bird

Project Engineer


Dan has worked for Paragon for the last 8 years. He arrived in our model shop with a in special effects and model making; moving into our Commercial department with a wealth of experience under his belt in 2016.



Robson Turnbull

Project Engineer


Robson joined Paragon as a model maker in 2017 after graduating from Teesside with a degree in product design. 6 months later he joined the commercial team as a project manager, with focus on the automotive sector. In particular he works on low volume solutions.



Craig Fenby

Project Engineer


Craig joined Paragon in 2019 as a project manager. He has a design and engineering background and manages a range of projects, from 3D printing to vacuum casting, across all our markets.



Josh Greig

Project Engineer


Josh joined the team in November 2019 as an apprentice project manager, having spent 8 months in our factory mastering various processes, from additive manufacturing to Reaction Injection Moulding.



Michael Anderson

CNC Commercial Manager





Quality Assurance

We are totally committed to delivering prototypes and production parts fabricated to the highest quality.  Given that we also work in markets where regulatory compliance is obligatory, all our work processes are appropriately and rigorously controlled.

Paragon Rapid Technologies is a QMS monitored company, carrying ISO 9001:2015 certification. This serves to ensure that we deliver services and resultant parts that consistently meet customer and regulatory requirements.

We strive to exceed customer expectations in all that we do, from service delivery to customer service. Our product development and manufacturing services are designed to assist you in being first to market. We achieve this by stringent adherence to certified systems, process control and strict protocols.

Quality Assurance

ISO 9001: 2015

Forthcoming Certifications:

CAD-Based Inspection

Paragon ensures production quality through digital verification. We use state of the art technologies such as the ScanArm to carry out part inspections and to compare components with original CAD data.

Reverse Engineering

Generating a printable CAD model using reverse engineering processes is a cost-effective solution to quickly and precisely reproducing an existing component.

“Quality is at the heart of everything we do. We follow stringent procedures to ensure we retain our outstanding reputation, whether we are hiring employees, developing their capability, exploring new materials or turning your idea into a viable product“

Dave Hamm Quality Assurance Manager

Careers At Paragon

Paragon Rapid Technologies is a market leading innovation services company providing state-of-the-art prototyping and low volume manufacturing solutions to OEMs, Tier 1 manufacturers, design and engineering teams, modelling and precision engineering firms. We work across a broad range of sectors, including automotive and transport, aerospace and defence, architecture, energy and exploration, medical, consumer products and entertainment.

As part of the Northern Powerhouse, we believe we are uniquely placed to help deliver innovative customer solutions across all the industry sectors we work in. We’re self-sufficient in terms of exceptional talent and manufacturing expertise which ensures our stability. Our strategy for growth and maintaining a market-leading position includes encouraging our people to be innovative, collaborative and ambitious.

Quality is at the heart of everything we do at Paragon Rapid Technologies. We help our people achieve their ambitions within the company with access to first-rate training and development programmes, enabling you to grow your knowledge, skills and capabilities, and even expand your interests and take your career in new directions.

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