Research & Development

Uni­ver­si­ties play a lead­ing role in the explo­ration of 3D print­ing appli­ca­tions. The goal for uni­ver­si­ties is to cre­ate diver­si­fied teams who have the basic knowl­edge and under­stand­ing of the tech­nol­o­gy. This is the pre­req­ui­site for the cre­ative process, which we will be described in more detail below. Stu­dents can use the fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge of 3D print­ers and com­bine it with the deep under­stand­ing of their pro­fes­sion­al direc­tion. This moti­vates stu­dents by chal­leng­ing and encour­ag­ing to broad­en the under­stand­ing in their own stud­ies.

Course content & topics

The han­dling of 3D print­ers has to be prac­tice. Many cours­es such as mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing already include the use of CAD soft­ware. The same way 3D mod­el­ling is taught to han­dle CNC machines it is the case for 3D print­ers. On the one hand, this knowl­edge is impor­tant for employ­ment after the stud­ies, on the oth­er to accel­er­ate research through inno­v­a­tive projects.

Stu­dents can bring knowl­edge togeth­er in new ways, which leads to inno­v­a­tive ideas and impor­tant insights in the respec­tive field. In addi­tion, such projects lead to pos­i­tive pub­lic rela­tions and brand image of a uni­ver­si­ty while moti­vat­ing stu­dents to be at the fore­front of an indus­tri­al rev­o­lu­tion. Even seem­ing­ly unre­lat­ed study areas ben­e­fit from the appli­ca­tion of 3D tech­nolo­gies as it is the case with art or infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy (IT). Pro­gram­mers can devel­op soft­ware that con­trol 3D print­ers there­by cre­at­ing new solu­tions and learn­ing by doing.

The 5 step process

Active research and innovation through students at universities

Our 5 steps process explains the described sequences in more detail. Feel free con­tact us if you or your university/college has done research with 3D print­ers and we will be hap­py to write an arti­cle about your work. Oth­er­wise, we are also avail­able for con­ver­sa­tions about the top­ic or ques­tions.

A more detailed descrip­tion of the 5 steps is avail­able on our blog.

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