Establish new frontiers in research with a platform designed to drive innovation forward.
Create new methods of instruction and learning with an additive platform that can fit the various needs of educators, students and faculty.
Pave career pathways and skillsets with a 3D printing platform that adapts with the changing job market.
“I believe that 3D printing is a valuable problem-solving tool and key competency for the future workforce. It was important to integrate this technology into our courses to give students a chance to use equipment that is currently being used within design and manufacturing companies today,”
3D printing is a valuable tool for students to turn their ideas into reality, while building the experience and skills they would need for their careers.
"Today, 3D printing offers us an opportunity to quickly realize parts and prototypes - the iteration and the process of developing these objects no longer stay at a theoretical level."
Additive manufacturing enriches Karlsruhe University’s curricula by providing students with hands-on training with innovative technology that is also used in businesses today. Open 24/7 during the semester, students utilize the lab and the machines frequently. By the time the students graduate and enter the workforce, they will be working at the height of Industry 4.0.
"MakerBot was chosen because of the reliability and capability of the hardware as well as the seamless integration of the whole ecosystem – hardware, software and support. There were no other 3D printer brands that could provide all elements of this ecosystem.”
Relatively new technologies, like 3D printing and CAD software, have come to drive innovations across a wide range of design-related industries.
With MakerBot, the NExT Lab at Melbourne University has unlocked new possibilities for students and generated greater opportunties for the Melbourne School of Design.
As a result of 3D printing being wildly accessible to the student body, students more frequently print designs or prototypes, test them, and make improvements. That design-test-iterate process helps students fundamentally understand how their designs are made versus examining them in CAD software. Cultivating this understanding is crucial for students. In other schools, exposure to 3D printing might not happen until post-graduate studies. In terms of sheer numbers, in 2018, the university's MakerBot 3D printers were able to help 2,600 students complete over 5,500 jobs, representing over 36,000 hours of print time.