In the additive manufacturing industry this week, 3D printing centres are popping up around the world. We started this week with HP announcing the opening of a 3D Printing centre in China and today, we end it with an announcement of Dassault Systèmes North America that will partner with UMass Lowell to enable engineering students at UMass Lowell (public research institution located in Lowell, Massachusetts) to embrace 3D printing technology.

The new 3DEXPERIENCE Center would open in 2019. Students would get access to Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and its design and collaboration applications, including the company’s industry-leading SOLIDWORKS CAD software.

This would be an opportunity for them to learn how to design products using Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality environments, how to incorporate new technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence into their product designs, and how to bring their designs to life using Robotics and 3D Printing.

The reality is that technology is increasingly making the new generation of customers more demanding. They need products that integrate the latest technologies available on the market. Therefore, this demand integrates web-connected, customizable, sustainably-manufactured products which require new skills from product designers. And Dassault Systèmes and UMass Lowell aim at enabling those students to develop these skills.

We are looking forward to discovering their activities and get an in-depth analysis of their feedback after the launch of this center.

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