Universities create 3D printing spaces but at unequal paces

By Associated Engineering Press

Earlier this week, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) held its annual International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in San Diego. Paramount was a discussion on 3D printing and manufacturing and its impact for our future. One of the 12 technologies outlined by McKinsey Global Institute as having the potential to transform life, business and the global economy, 3D printing is the process of creating a three-dimensional object using digital media…Schools like the University of New Hampshire, University of Alabama and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have dedicated spaces where students and staff can learn how to use the equipment and make prototypes…At the University of Alabama, 53 students were trained in using the equipment and the school has outlined new opportunities for research. According to a report by the school, the feedback from the students and community has been overwhelmingly positive.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.


Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: November 21, 2013    /    Posted in:   Faculty and Staff, In The News, Outreach, Research, Students