UM Collaborative laboratory, a hub for innovation and collaboration

The University of Miami College of Engineering-Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence Collaborative Laboratory will aim to support joint research, materials development, and testing of 3D printing technologies and processes.

Provost Jeffrey Duerk, President Julio Frenk and Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet at the opening of the Collaborative Laboratory.

Both UM faculty and students will get access to the lab’s 3D printing equipment.

The 5,850-square-foot (543.48 square meters) collaborative laboratory is situated inside the McArthur Engineering building.

It includes ten 3D printers MakerBot that use polymers to create objects, and two 3D metal printers.

For the dean of UM’s College of Engineering, Jean-Pierre Bardet, this new centre is a “collaboratory.”

An engineering education has to give students the chance for hands-on creativity and allow their imaginations to soar,” he said at Monday’s ribbon-cutting. “Thanks to Johnson & Johnson, we have yet another resource to educate tomorrow’s technology leaders.”

Dean Bardet explains to President Frenk how materials were produced using 3D printing technology. – images via UM

Joseph Sendra, worldwide vice president of manufacturing engineering and technology at Johnson & Johnson pointed out during the dedication ceremony that even though it is not new, the reality is that 3D printing is increasingly recognized as a game changer in a wide range sectors of activity.

Anyway, this lab isa hub for innovation that will foster constructive change.







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