EYE ON INNOVATION
Leaders from the 3D printing industry have lamented in the past that universities’ engineering curriculums need to offer more courses and programs in industrial 3D printing technologies, also known as additive manufacturing, in order to better prepare the next generation of engineers.
Those educational programs received a giant boost in January when Arizona State University (ASU) announced the opening of a new Academic Additive Manufacturing Center at ASU’s Polytechnic School in Mesa.
Arizona State University recently opened its new Academic Additive Manufacturing Center, made possible by a partnership with Concept Laser, Honeywell Aerospace, and Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies. Representatives of this partnership paused for a photo during the center’s opening activities.
The 15,000 sq.-ft. center, which holds more than $2 million of plastic, polymer and 3D metal printing equipment, was made possible by a partnership ASU formed with Concept Laser, Honeywell Aerospace, and Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies.
John Murray, president and CEO of U.S. Concept Laser, who has been one of those industry leaders worried about the lack of 3D printing curriculum at universities, was a part of the partnership announcement. “Changing the future of metal additive manufacturing begins with educated teachers and curious students,” he said. “The educational leadership that the ASU Polytechnic School provides to the Southwest region and the industry will certainly be impactful. Concept Laser is proud to be a partner in this initiative.” Continue reading
A higher profile for industrial-grade 3D printing over the past decade has led to notable technology developments and potential new applications. The buzz over 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has also created a lot of speculation in the trade press about whether this technology, which has been around for more than 30 years, is poised to make a giant leap forward in capabilities.
“We are just now starting to see the fruits of these developments,” said Rob Connelly, vice president of additive manufacturing for Proto Labs, referring to a spate of recent announcements about advancements in new machines, materials, and software.
We recently interviewed three leaders from the 3D printing industry for insight into the current and future state of 3D printing:
- Rob Connelly, Vice President, Additive Manufacturing, Proto Labs
- Patrick Dunne, Vice President, Advanced Application Development, 3D Systems, which manufactures and sells 3D printers
- John Murray, President and CEO, U.S., Concept Laser, a global provider of 3D metal printing systems